In the garden, the most important foundation is the quality of your garden soil. It must contain nutrients to support the growth of your vegetable plants and produce. Without a nutrient rich soil, even the best seeds you can get or cultivate will do produce the plant you desire.

The results of your gardening work, your produce, depends entirely on the nutrients your soil contains. Experts report that your typical garden soil contains 5% or less of the needed nutrients for your plants. It may actually be less than that, down to 0% according to some horticulturalists.

In order to get these nutrient numbers higher you don’t need vast quantities of compost. Key is well aged compost with good composition. This will provide a great deal of nutrients to your soil.

Compost techniques:

1Composting in a trench

Trench composting
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This technique is ideal for performing after harvest or before planting, in the off season, when no plants are actively being cultivated. Make a trench (or hole) where you want it to be, about 18 inches deep. Take your compost items – grass clippings, leaves, scraps from the kitchen – and put them in the hole. Cover will the removed soil. And let nature do its work. By the time you are ready to plant, your compost in the trench will be ready, your soil now filled with the needed nutrients.

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