Compost vs. Fetilizer - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, Ne
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?

Answer from NGA
June 9, 2009


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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