The Q&A Archives: Compost

Question: My vegetable garden didn't do so good last year and I started it with fresh compost dirt (store bought). Is there a way to buy good compost to make for a healthier garden?

Answer: If you have access to organic matter you can incorporate it into your garden soil. Compost in bulk is usually available through companies dealing with top soil and if you have a pickup truck you can pick it up at these types of places. Or, you can have it delivered but there is usually a minimum amount that they will deliver so do some phoning around. Aged manure is another good amendment, as are shredded leaves. I don't know if your city or town recycles garden debris but if they do they generally shred and compost it and charge a nominal fee if you want to pick up the finished product. In a pinch I've picked up bags of sterilized steer manure at the garden center and incorporated it into the garden. This may work for you, as well. It takes several years to turn garden soil into rich loam so plan on adding organic matter every year to build up your soil. Best wishes with your garden!

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