Spring and fall are the best times to apply compost to your home garden. Compost can enrich soil low in nutrients or restore fertile soil.
For new garden beds or lawns, the Smiling Gardener website advises giving your compost-infused soil a couple of weeks to acclimate before planting.
A key is blending the compost into the soil without damaging the microbes and worms already at work there. Newer plantings may require a little more disruption to insert compost deeper into the soil, but that's not necessary every year in more mature beds.
Maintaining an existing bed may only require less than a quarter inch of compost. While compost is a valuable soil amendment, you don't need too much of a good thing.
The Smiling Gardener recommends compost to create potting mixes. His recipe consists of one-third compost, one-third sand and one-third soil.
Organic gardening rewards the gardener with healthy herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Organic gardens also are delightful places to enjoy while relaxing or reading a book.
The most important ingredient to start an organic garden is healthy soil. That's when you need rich compost.
About the Smiling Gardener
, who grew up working for his parents in their garden center and now consults on organic landscaping and land care, is the Smiling Gardener. He has written the book, "Building Soils Naturally" and is launching the Smiling Gardener Academy that records from start to finish a new food garden.