Yesterday in Garden Leadership we went out to the Greenhouse and filled the beds with composting soil from the compost pile. We did this in an effort to replace the nutrients that have been depleted over the last few years of growing.

As plants grow, they consume nutrients in the soil. To counteract that, we took dirt from the compost pile, and integrated it with the existing soil in the beds. Plants need many nutrients to survive and thrive. These nutrients include, nitrogen, phosphorus, hydrogen, oxygen, magnesium, iron, and carbon. Many of these can be found in compost. In order to have a healthy garden, one must understand the significance of integrating it into their garden beds.

It helps your plants significantly because often times, if you are a home gardener, you don’t necessarily have the space to rotate your crops from area to area, so you must be able to put nutrients back into the soil. It also helps attract bugs and worms which also help with the growth of your plants. Another thing that it helps with is minerals that the water deposits on the top of the existing soil as it sinks into it. During the mixing process, the minerals get turned into the soil in order to give plants that nutrients as well.

As you mix in the compost, it is important to pay attention to where your plant’s roots are. You don’t want to expose them because it could destroy the plant. You also don’t want to bury any small sprout-lings you have.  Scoop  the compost onto your planting bed and gently turn it into the soil. All of this will benefit your garden for years to come.