Compost is simply decayed organic matter. You work compost into your garden soil for three reasons.
- To loosen your soil. Compost mixes with minerals (ie dirt) to 'fluff up' your soil which reduces compaction. This allows your plants roots to penetrate deeper. Nobody likes short carrots.
- To retain moisture. Organic matter holds more water than minerals and retaining water is good in the garden. It is a sponge to dirt's scouring pad.
- To enrich soil. Compost injects nutrients into your soil. This aids in faster, stronger growth and more nutritious vegetables. There is a direct relationship between tasty tomatoes and nutrient dense soil.
And it is pretty easy to make and a provident use of available materials. Stop buying fertilizer by making your own compost. To learn how to make compost, check out his excellent article from our partners at Grow Appalachia.