Composting offers valuable plant nutrients

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM.

Use compost in much the same way as you use manure in the vegetable garden.  Broadcast it over the entire garden three weeks or more before planting.  A small amount of compost may be mixed into the soil along each planting furrow when you set out the transplants or plant the seeds.  In all cases, apply compost at the rate of twenty-five pounds per one hundred square feet of the garden.

Many kinds of natural materials can be used successfully in the compost pile.  Some of the most popular materials include straw, leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, shrub clippings, fish scraps and table scraps. Fruit skins and vegetable fibers provide significant amounts of potassium.  Other things you normally throw away, such as tea and coffee grounds and egg shells provide valuable nitrogen to the compost pile.

Successful composting provides relatively inexpensive sources of nutrition for your vegetable garden, and it sources of nutrition for your vegetable garden, and it can also help bring about a change in your own perspective about what is really “garbage” or “refuse” and what can be recycled.  And even if you decide you don’t want to go through the time and trouble of composting, it doesn’t hurt any of us to realize that there’s value in the things most of us commonly throw away.

For more information on composting contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200 or visit EDIS website: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edufor circular # ENH 1065, ENH 873 and EES 113.




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