Black Swallow Living Soils

Compost - but with caution

The best compost is the one that you make yourself. It takes time and sweat equity, but the reward comes when you empty your compost bin and spread the rich results over your garden soil filled with the expectations of harvests to come. In addition, you will likely build your compost pile from materials that are on or close to your property, which means your piles will contain microorganisms that are indigenous to your garden.

However, not everyone has the time to source and haul the raw materials that are then carefully blended into their bins for the 6 to 12 months required to properly break the organic matter down. We have spent considerable time sourcing and testing composts in order to provide you with a material that will provide the quality organic input that is such a fundamental corner stone to a great soil.

That said, we believe a bit of caution is necessary in the use of compost. One of the most commonly accepted myths floating around is that the more compost used, the better. This is not necessarily the case, as compost can easily tip the balance of some nutrients in your soil in relationship to others- such as potassium in relationship to the calcium content. Once this balance is thrown off, it can become difficult to bring it back again. To produce the high levels of nutrients in our plants, we want to insure that we create a balanced soil, so use compost sparingly and as indicated by your soil testing.

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