|The composter my husband rescued|
from the trash for me
Think of a compost as the means of returning to the earth those nutrients we deplete when we garden. It is a cycle of give and take that anyone can benefit from. We enjoy the nutritious crops we harvest from our garden, than we return the nourishment back to the soil with scraps and discarded yard clippings. Now our yield of produce will be as beneficial as it is every year. The earth is supplying our foliage what it needs to provide tasty vegetables. We are supplying our earth with the supplements necessary to give our vegetables a generous output.
|The beginning of a good compost|
with yard clippings
If you've read my prior posts on compost I've touched on the benefits of adding compost to your vegetation, as well as the benefits on the environment. I've touched on how to begin and what is acceptable to add to a compost. I've also discussed how best to take care of the compost so it will transform from scraps to a decomposed wonder. But how do you know when it's best to compost? Is it possible to add too compost to a garden? How do you know when you've added enough compost?
|When mature compost will be dark|
and smell rich
The more you compost the healthier your soil is. If you have already been distributing compost for several years your soil is fairly healthy. Once conditioned it is only necessary to freshen the land in early Spring, or just before planting. For me it's preferable to compost in late Fall and again just before growing season. If you have started a new process of composting it won't harm your plants to circulate another layer of compost in late spring or early summer. It's difficult to "over" compost the plot, but you always want to make sure you've conditioned enough.