Hardiness Zone: 7b
DeeAnn from AK
Compost can be used as nutrient-rich soil builder everywhere you have something growing. Here are a few suggestions:
The Yard: Layer it on 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick annually followed by a thorough watering.
The Gardens: Lay 1/2 inch to 1 inch on the top of the soil and till or dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. For poor soil use 2-4 inches. When establishing new gardens, mix 4-6 inches of compost in with existing soil.
Trees and Shrubs (1 or 2 times per year): Apply 1 inch around trees from 1 foot around the trunk and extending out past the drip line. Layer compost 2 inches deep under shrubs. Water.
Potted Plants: Pot plants in a mix of 1/4 to 1/3 compost and high-quality potting soil, or sprinkle compost on top of existing pots (1/2 inch thick) and water thoroughly.
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I dig my compost into my veggi garden spring and fall. I grow wonderful veggies with it. I compost all year round even though it almost freezes in the winter. It over winters a lot of worms. I am in Canada. If you put it in your flower garden be prepared for some tomato seeds to sprout. they will grow quite well among the flowers and it makes a good conversation peice.
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