How do I use compost?

Compost is an excellent soil amendment for vegetables, flowers, and fruit trees since it contains no animal materials or biosolids. There are several ways you can use compost at home. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Use it as a soil amendment: Mix compost into your garden soil to improve its structure, fertility, and water-holding capacity. For best results, add a layer of compost to your garden beds in the fall or early spring, and mix it in with a garden fork or tiller.

  2. Use it as a top dressing: Spread a thin layer of compost over your lawn, garden beds, or potted plants to provide a slow-release source of nutrients. Be sure to avoid smothering the plants' stems or crowns.

  3. Make compost tea: Steep a handful of compost in a bucket of water for a few days, stirring occasionally, to create a nutrient-rich liquid fertilizer. Dilute the compost tea with water and use it to water your plants.

  4. Use it as a seed starting mix: Mix compost with vermiculite or perlite to create a nutrient-rich seed starting mix that promotes healthy seedling growth.

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1. How much product is 1-20 cubic yards?
2. What kind of vehicle should I bring to pick-up at Agromin?
3. How do I use compost?
4. How do I use mulch?
5. Can I participate in this program if I live in the County of Ventura?
6. What products are available at Cornucopia Community Gardens?
7. Are these products organic?
8. Will the City still host Compost & Mulch events?
9. Where is the Cornucopia Community Garden?