Experimenting with Compost

A couple of years ago I added an entire tray of compost from my vermicomposting bin to the newly trimmed lilac bush in my backyard. After a month or so, I saw the new growth and was amazed at the size of the leaves. They were monstrous! Jurassic Park-sized! It was incredible! Being the big soil nerd that I am, this was super exciting for me. I have always been aware of the power of compost, but I have never seen it have an impact like this first hand. So, this year I’ve decided to put it to the test by making a compost test plot in my vegetable garden.

Leaves from my lilac bush before and after adding compost. The compost leaf looks a little beat up because it was knocked down in a hail storm.

Leaves from my lilac bush before and after adding compost. The compost leaf looks a little beat up because it was knocked down in a hail storm.

To make my compost test plots a decent little experiment, I picked two garden beds right next to each other. They will get the same amount of sunlight, moisture, tilling, weeding, etc.. I also planted the same vegetables in the same places in each bed. The ‘control bed’ was planted with no amendments, no compost, nothing… just soil (well, and water). The ‘compost bed’ was planted with a hearty sprinkling of compost in each seed row and plant hole.

'Control Bed'

‘Control Bed’

 

'Compost Bed'

‘Compost Bed’

Now we wait. Only time will tell if compost really makes a difference. Check back often or follow us on Facebook to watch the garden grow.

 

 

Sincerely,

Brie Bennett
Green Guerrilla Sustainability

 

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One response to “Experimenting with Compost

  1. The thing is, when you get into compost, you can never have enough! I am trying to figure out what kind of realistic compost toiletting situation we could develop that was functional but not too expensive or requiring too much attention.

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