How to Use Manure as Fertilizer

If you’ve been gardening for any length of time, you’ve probably know of folks who use composted manure as fertilizer. After all, it’s high in nutrients and can work wonders in the garden — plus, it’s free! It can be difficult, though, to know not only which kinds of manure to use, but also when it’s safe to put in your garden. Use this handy guide to the most common types of animal manure.

Composting 101: What Is Compost?

Composting is a natural process that transforms waste into a rich soil additive. Compost has many benefits for your garden soil, and increased soil fertility equals more bountiful plants in your herb or vegetable garden.

How to Create a Compost Pile

Any plant material is prime for composting. Whether you choose a compost bin, compost pile, or other composting method, composting is a great way to recycle kitchen and garden waste. Plus, nutrient-rich compost is great for your garden.

Why You Should Keep Your Compost Pile Moist

You may be surprised to learn that your compost pile needs just as much water as your live plants. Dry compost doesn’t work. There are several ways to ensure your compost is getting the adequate amount of water needed to do its job.

How to Know When Your Compost Pile is Ready to Use

Composting requires patience because it often does not mature during prime vegetable planting times. Divide compost bins and look for these signs that your compost is done and ready to use in the garden.

Smart Compost Shopping: Buying Bagged Compost at the Store

Compost provides your garden with rich, organic material to help your plants grow. If you want to add to your garden soil or get your compost pile started, these four types of store-bought compost can help.