I’ve made compost… now what.
Digging up new borders? Best for April.
The borders of your garden will greatly appreciate your compost. Spread up to a 5cm layer over the existing soil. Worms will quickly like getting to work mixing it in for you!
Got flowerbeds? Best for May.
Help your new plants and flowers bloom by digging a 10cm layer of compost into the soil prior to planting. Usually people wait until end of April or May before buying bedding plants. If your compost isn’t ready until the summer, and your flowers have already been planted, just spread a thin layer of compost-enriched soil around the base of the plants. The nurtrients will work their way down to the roots.
Got egg shells in it? Best after rain.
If you’ve got egg shells that are refusing to break down you can still use your “rough” compost (with crushed egg shells) over flowerbeds to add nutrients, prevent soil erosion and keep moisture in after its rained.
Got trees? Best at any time.
Compost is great for trees. Spreading a 5-10cm layer around the roots will provide them with important nutrients and can protect against drought and disease. But do avoid the base of the tree and do not spread too close to the trunk.
Got a patio? Best in May/June.
Give your potted plants and containers an extra boost by removing the top few centimetres of existing soil and adding your freshly made compost – aim for a third of the mix to be your compost. This will provide food for your plants and flowers and is a great way to make them more healthy and blooming.
Got potted herbs? Best at any time.
Chives, parsley and mint love a bit of compost added to them. Crumble it around the base of the plants for healthier, leafier herbs. Your vegetables will also grow better with compost added to their soil.
Got a patchy lawn? Best after rain.
Adding compost to your lawn, especially a mature lawn, will help grass take root and can make your garden healthier and greener. You will need to sieve the compost first and take out any egg shells – not good on grass. Mix it with “sharp sand” for the best result, it will allow you to spread the compost more easily. Don’t try this on newly seeded or turfed lawns though, as it can scorch them.
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