Compost - Black Gold


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Fully cured compost looks like good quality soil.

Of all the soil amendments we could use in the garden, compost is the undisputed top of the list. This is the "Black Gold" of gardening. It adds organic material to the soil which is fantastic for many reasons. Not only does it provide nutrients for the plants, but it also provides food for the earthworms and microorganisms that live in the soil and break nutrients into forms that the plants can absorb. A spin-off, and a very important one, is that is loosens clay and packed soils when it's well mixed in. It makes it more porous so that it takes water better and is easier to dig when it com...

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