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Sep 15

How to Select a Good Compost

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 11:54 AM by Wendy Jorgensen

Using quality compost when gardening is crucial for a successful garden. Here is how to tell the difference between a good compost and a bad compost.

Compost is decomposed organic material. Yard trimmings and/or food waste are combined and maintained at a specific temperature to create the perfect nutritional supplement for your plants – a kind of probiotic for the garden. Compost is one of the most environmentally-friendly things you can do for your garden and lawn. It holds onto water and fertilizers while preventing runoff which contaminates our water supply.

Good compost is mature compost. It’s ready for use when it is dark and crumbly with the earthy odor of the forest floor. You will not find eggshells, leaves or acorns, or be able to recognize any pieces of what the compost is made from. If compost smells like manure or ammonia or you recognize the original pieces of leaves, peels, seeds or grass, or it is exceedingly light in weight, it is not ready to be used. Immature compost is not a nutrient provider. It robs nitrogen from the soil, causing plants to become yellow and prevents them from growing.

Good compost is rich in nutrients and boosts plant growth. It aids in holding moisture and acts as a natural pest deterrent by increasing a plants vitality and vigor, which helps prevent plant diseases and improves soil structure. Compost also attracts earthworms as it is one of their favorite foods! To show their appreciation, the earthworms leave behind nitrogen-rich castings to feed your plants!

Looking to purchase organic OMRI-listed compost? Our Texas Pure Compost carries the Seal of Testing Assurance Certified by the U.S. Composting Council, to be both weed and pathogen free, and is your assurance you are purchasing the finest quality. Check it out!

If you have any questions or thoughts you wish to share, please leave them in the in the comment section below. Happy planting!


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