Composting at PPCG

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The Benefits of Compost

Healthy soil is the key to successful vegetable gardening. One technique for sustaining a healthy soil food web is to regularly add compost.

Compost can be worked into the soil at planting time or routinely layered onto the soil surface for those who prefer a no-till approach.

Feeding the soil instead of your plants improves:

  • soil texture and structure
  • water retention (less watering!)
  • soil temperatures (warmer in winter, cooler in summer)
  • pH balance
  • plant resistance to disease and insect invasions

Compost is the perfect soil amendment & we make it right here at our garden.

Rapid Composting Method

We use the Berkeley Method developed by the late Professor Robert D. Rabbe.  This method requires a lot of work but provides regular batches of completed compost and ensures that the garden manages its own waste.

Compost Tea

Compost tea can be a valuable source of micro-nutrients when used as a soil drench or a foliar feed. Mark’s recipe can be found here. All the equipment you need is housed in the shed (with the exception of the “D” batteries.)