The Importance of Compost in Gardening

If you have been following along with the Frugal Gardening 101 series, you probably know that my raised bed garden is not producing as we had hoped. In fact, we have only gotten a handful of vegetables so far.

Conversely, our “back 40 garden” is growing like gang busters! It was started almost 2 months after the raised bed garden and the plants are already bigger and healthier.

The difference between the two?

Compost!

The back 40 garden was tilled in an area where goats have lived for years. In addition to the droppings that had been worked into the soil, 10 tractors full of aged compost were added and tilled in before any seeds were planted.

In our raised bed garden, we did not add compost, but relied on watering with Miracle Gro.

The difference is clearly visible! We hope to harvest squash, cucumbers, and okra from the back 40 garden soon and we will definitely be adding compost to any future gardening projects!

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  1. There’s just something about the real deal, isn’t there!
    Thanks for hosting this each week. I love peeking into everyones gardens.

  2. Sigh. My compost isn’t ready yet. Some is, but not enough for my whole garden. In the fall we’re hoping for a manure application and in the spring a very thin compost application. I’m actually thinking of only applying it in the rows where I’m planting after it is tilled. :)

  3. It really is all about the organic matter in your soil – it affects how much water you plants need and how much available nutrition will be taken up by the root systems. We have been composting for about 20 years and every move has meant establishing new beds and beginning the process of building the soil. For a quick fix for your languishing veggies you could brew up some ‘manure tea’. I use a really old pillow slip, a shovel full of manure and a piece of rope to close it and ‘brew it’ in a 5 gallon pail for a day or two. The ‘tea bag’ can be used 2 or 3 times to make and good organic fertilizer. The resulting ‘tea’ makes my plants grow very quickly, but I have to be careful to water the soil and not the plant since it will burn. That can also happen if you leave it to ‘brew’ too long. It’s way more powerful than miracle grow and it’s free if you’ve got animals.

  4. I’m learning rather quickly that compost is the answer. I am glad to hear that the back 40 is doing well. Is this where you put the rabbit pellets too?

  5. I never really respected, or believed, how much compost and organic matter could do for a garden until a few years ago. No looking back!

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