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Cover beds with compost ?

Post  jimmy cee on 10/13/2014, 1:37 pm

My beds are being cleaned up for winter storage, of my 2 compost piles I have one to empty.
Would you pile it all on top of your bed for the winter?
If yes, will it still be nutritional for the plants come next growing season ?
I need the space in 1 pit in order to transfer and mix material from the other pile .

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Re: Cover beds with compost ?

Post  Vash_the_Stampede on 10/13/2014, 1:42 pm

Hello jimmy cee,

I would think that piling compost on top would help out as each time it rains the compost tea is being deposited into the soil thus enriching it. I doubt you'd get so much rain that ALL the nutrients would get washed away as it were. I was thinking of doing this myself this winter.



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Post  llama momma on 10/13/2014, 2:02 pm

Compost is precious stuff. Mel says put your garden to bed with a little extra compost so it's ready for spring planting.  Page 176 bottom of ANSFG. First printing revised edition 2006.

I save kitty litter containers and store excess compost in the garage.
You can bag it up also.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/13/2014, 4:30 pm

A common problem here in the Pacific Northwest is acidic and/or nutrition poor soils because heavy rains wash away organic matter in spring and fall.

If you have particularly wet spring or fall seasons, they could similarly strip your compost of some measure of their nutrients.

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Post  camprn on 10/13/2014, 5:18 pm

Jimmy, I do that and it works just fine in my garden.


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