Recycling organic matter into compost and using it on your plants brings lots of benefits. Composting will turn old branches and other organic waste into nutrient-rich soil for your lawn, garden, or farm. Compost is becoming more popular because it is very easy to make and use in a variety of ways.
How to Ensure that the compost is ready
Whether you buy your compost or make it yourself, you should have a handle on knowing whether your compost is ready for your soil or still needs some time to cure. Mature compost that is ready for application is usually dark brown or black. It should be smooth and crumbly, and it should have an earthy aroma to it. The easiest way to tell that compost is not fully mature is by the smell. If the compost has a bit of an odor to it, you may need to let it sit and dry or cure for at least a week before it’s ready. At Indianhead, we strive to give you mature, ready-to-use compost right at purchase, so you don’t need to wait to bring new life to your plants!
Now that your compost is ready, let’s look at ways to use your compost:
1. Nourishing existing plants
If you already have plants or grass growing and need to give them a boost, simply sprinkle a generous layer on the surface of the dirt. Rain and water will mix the compost in, and your soil will be enriched
2.Spreading Compost over seeds
Just like with existing plants, seeds can benefit from compost by spreading a generous layer over the soil and watering like normal.
3. Digging and Mixing
If you want your soil to get the benefits of compost faster, and you don’t mind a bit more legwork, tilling your soil with compost, or digging out parts of your plot and mixing in compost, will make sure that the nutrients and microbes are well-integrated into your soil
4. Compost Tea
A bit of a different strategy for administering compost is watering your plants with “compost tea” Most of the nutrients and microbes found in compost are soluble in water, and so soaking your compost in water and straining out the big particles will make a nutrient and microbe-rich “tea” that you can use to water your plants. This method is useful, but it won’t get 100% of the nutrients and microbes, and is better suited for smaller scale.
Composting is an incredible and natural process to transform old branches, leaves, and other organic waste into dark and nutritious soil. As you can see above, composting does not require any expensive tools. All you need is a bit of elbow grease and your standard household gardening tools. It’s just like dirt, but so much more!