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Xboomgarden.com. If you are not composting yet, it is time you start doing so my dear friend. Compost is beneficial in many ways and it can be used as potting soil for starting young plants, as mulch and for enriching and improving soil.

Why Should I Compost?

Compost is often said to be the gardener’s black gold and that is because of its great value in improving soil – any soil.

Compost is often said to be the gardener’s black gold and that is because of its great value in improving soil – any soil.

Its foremost benefit is as soil fertilizer

Compost has macro and micronutrients that are usually missing from synthetic fertilizers. As a natural fertilizer, it releases nutrients into the soil gradually, getting the microbes busy and constantly working to properly breakdown essential nutrients so plants can access them easily.

Also, soil that is compost enriched can hold on to other organic fertilizers better so there is less runoffs to waterways, minimizing pollution.

Compost can also improve poor soil…

Sandy soil cannot retain water and nutrients while clay soil holds too much water plants are overwhelmed. Also, clay and sandy soils have very poor microbe activity that much of the nutrients in the soil are unused by plants.

Adding compost to sandy soil will help improve its ability to retain water and nutrients. Amending clay soil with compost will make the tightly bound particles in it to loosen up making it easier for water to drain and for air to penetrate the soil.

If the soil is too acid or alkaline, compost will also act as buffer to neutralize the pH level of the soil. Optimum pH range (5.5 to 7 for most plants) is ideal for nutrient availability to your plants.

Soil that has never been planted in before can be rejuvenated and turned into an ideal growing medium by adding compost to it. The compost will introduce diverse biology that is essential for nurturing plants. A healthy soil has millions of microorganisms living in it – bacteria, fungi, worms, insects and other microbes. These organisms eat, excrete and make nutrients easier for plants to absorb.

Compost improves nutrient distribution…

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