Compost is a vital component of any successful garden. It can help to improve the quality of your soil, leading to higher yields in vegetable gardens, it adds valuable nutrients into the soil, and it can help to retain moisture and reduce your need for watering. However, if you are new to the gardening world, you may not know exactly how you can use compost. 

When you are using organic compost in your garden, you might not be aware that there are different ways that you can make use of this nutrient-dense, natural product. You can enjoy the benefits in more than just your plant bed, and can also have a stunning flower garden by adding itt to your topsoil. Not sure where to start? Below we take a look at some top tips on how to use compost. 

 

Growing Vegetables

 

One of the most popular uses for compost is growing vegetables. You can spread an even layer of organic compost on your topsoil or mix these together when you are building your vegetable patch. You can also put a handful of compost into each hole when you are planting your vegetables, ensuring the roots are strong and grow evenly. 

You can provide vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, and butternut with an even amount of compost each month to ensure that the results are rich and nutrient-dense. Compost is an ideal addition to any vegetable garden, so be sure to include it in your shopping list along with the different seeds you wish to plant. 

 

Improving Potting Soil

 

When you are planting pot plants, it is important to add extra nutrients into the soil. This can easily be done by adding organic compost, especially mushroom compost, because it increases the humus of the soil. This will ensure that the structure and nutrient content of the potting soil is improved. 

Whether you want to grow stunning flowers on your small balcony or want to have a potted herb garden, adding compost to the potting soil is the ideal solution. If you have established pot plants, you can further nourish them by adding compost around the base of the plant. If there is no room, you can shovel out some of the potting soil and add compost in. 

 

Coming Up Roses

 

Growing roses can be difficult, especially if you are a novice. However, adding in organic compost to your soil mix will ensure that your roses grow strong and proud. In order to save you time and effort, Stanler Farms has created a powerful rose and shrub mixture, which combines sand, clay, and our own organic compost to ensure perfect drainage for your rose bushes and their roots. It also improves the structure of sandy soil. 

BY adding in this compost, your soil will be kept at the right temperature and weeds and other pests will be deterred. Microorganisms in the compost will be released into the soil, making it fertile all year round. Be sure to first check that the compost you want to use will not damage the roses you are growing, as some might have a different pH level than others. 

 

Make Magical Mulch

 

For those who enjoy adding mulch to their gardens to improve their plants and soil, you can enhance this by including compost to your mulch. You can also choose to use compost as a mulch by simply spreading it around plants, trees, or shrubs. Be sure there is a good two to three centimetres on the surface and it should decompose in a similar manner to mulch. 

You can add compost on top of already decomposed mulch to increase the nutrients that are being released into the soil, but be sure to rake the mulch beforehand to ensure that the soil beneath has been aerated and has added oxygen. 

There are many different uses for compost, all of which can help to immensely improve the quality of your garden soil. It is best to opt for an organic one to be sure that there are no added chemicals being released into your soil. Contact Stanler Farms today for more information on our organic compost.