Even in our busy lives, when we plant, we try to improve the soil as we go. Amending soil can be as simple as mulching with chemical-free grass clippings and turning under the clippings in garden clean up at the end of the season.
When we plant, perhaps we add a scoop of compost to enrich the soil bed. We are careful to add a little compost to the volume of soil, not plant directly in a pot of compost. That might be as effective as planting in a bag of chemical fertilizer.
We hear compost, or black gold, is valuable for amending soil, yet we are a little unsure how to use it, even if we have a free source of compost. Compost is a soil additive. When plant material is mixed with topsoil, it supplies humus or organic matter and nutrients, in a form that plants can easily use. Compost, when applied conservatively, adds to root and plant growth and disease resistance. Over time, compost improve soil tilth.
Yankton’s compost for the taking is described by Adam Haberman, City of Yankton public works director, along with Cory Potts, manager of the Yankton Transfer Station.
Here’s a sample of the city’s compost made from grass clippings.
The makeup of compost is discussed, some constraints of the city compost, along with ways it might be used to amend soil, is found in this article published in the Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper:
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