Compost vs. Fetilizer - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by nariyah1
June 9, 2009
I'm confussed! What's the difference between compost & fertilzer? Or are they both the same? If not, can they be used together on vegetable gardens?


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Answer from NGA
June 9, 2009

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Compost is decomposed organic matter and it contains nutrients that your plants can use. In the soil, it breaks down slowly and provides small amounts of nutrients over a long period of time. Fertilizer is generally thought of as a manufactured liquid or granular food for plants. Commercial fertilizers are more concentrated and can be used to give your plants a quick boost. You can use both in your vegetable garden. Use the compost as a soil amendment or as a thick mulch over the top of the soil and use commercial fertilizers in amounts as recommended on the package. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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