Whether you buy it of make your own, make a habit of adding compost to your soil often. Here's how:
- Before planting, incorporate compost into the top inch or two of your veggie garden beds and places where you grow annual flowers.
- Use compost as mulch or side-dressing in all your garden beds during the garden season.
- Spread compost as a mulch over the root zone area of established trees and shrubs.
- Spread a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch layer of fine compost over your lawn after aerating it.
from THE ORGANIC GARDENER'S HANDBOOK OF NATURAL PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL, a Rodale Organic Gardening Book, edited by Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara Ellis and Deborah Martin.