Well-finished compost can be used at any time, in any season and in any amount. There is no such thing as too much compost!
Begin to enjoy the many benefits of compost by digging it into the top 4” of vegetable and flower beds in the spring. This will establish a good humus level and mineral balance in your soil, and provide the nutrients that your plants need. In mid-season, mix compost with soil as a side dressing along vegetable rows or around flower plants.
In established plantings of perennials, where you want to condition the soil and increase fertility without uprooting the plants, work compost liberally into the top 4 inches of soil. Even deep-rooted perennials will perk up! The compost, which contains natural antibiotics, will also help ward off plant diseases.
You can top-dress an established lawn with up to 1/2 inch of compost, or use it as a potting soil for houseplants, or as a rich supplement to your seed-starting medium.
Some nutrients in compost are water soluble, so you can make “compost tea” for seedlings, houseplants and other delicate plants.
Start composting with Mantis today!