When And How To Harvest Compost

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Compost is a great garden soil amendment and an effective way to avoid wasting food and other plant material. If you’re new to composting and have yet to pull any out of the bin, here’s everything you need to know about harvesting compost.  How Long Does Compost Take?  This depends on the size of the scraps you put in and the purpose of the compost. Larger scraps naturally take more time to break down. For a top dressing or to mulch a bed, you don’t need uniform compost. For a container or raised bed, it should be uniform and thoroughly composted.  With these varying factors in mind, it can take between a month and a year before your compost pile is ready for harvesting.  What Does Finished Compost Look Like?  The best way to determine when your compost is ready is by observing it and looking for visual and other […]

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