Benefits of Compost

Compost provides you with rich organic matter that improves the quality of your garden soil. Whether you top dress the surface of the soil or work the compost in, your garden plants and landscape will grow healthier and stronger. Compost making is an easy form of recycling that helps to save waste and turn it into a beneficial by-product. Compost is made from mixing together organic waste materials such as leaves, weeds and straw,  leaving them to decompose until a black, crumbly soil-like matter is formed.

Mature compost helps plants grow better. When soil loses nutrients to food-hungry plants, compost enriches the soil layers.  The addition of compost can provide greater drought resistance and more efficient water utilization. Adding compost in sandy soils can facilitate moisture dispersion by allowing water to more readily move laterally from its point of application. Compost is a good source of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium and releases nutrients slowly so they don’t leach away as do synthetic fertilizers. Compost also contains micronutrients essential for plant growth.  Compost may help to control or suppress certain soil born plant pathogens as well as supply beneficial micro-organisms to your soil.  Additional benefits of using compost include promoting drainage and aeration in heavier soil,  providing water retention in sandy soils, reducing soil compaction, and improving and stabilizing pH levels of your garden soil.

Our Blended Mint compost is a blend of aged sawdust and bark, silica sand, composted mint straw, chicken compost, and garden compost.  Come by and check it out. Your plants will thank you.

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