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Organic Gardening:

Using Garden Compost


There's never enough compost to go round, but you can make the most of what you've got by using it in the places where it will have the most beneficial effect.

Some crops won't thrive without lots of compost, others will manage quite happily without, while others again will be positively harmed by it.

These tables are provided to help you to find out which is which.

Where to use it
Most: Plants that must have a rich soil and plenty of compost Strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, sprouts, celery, celeriac, runner beans, maincrop peas, asparagus, artichokes, onions
Some: Plants that will produce a reasonable crop on less good soil Lettuces, summer turnip, summer beetroot, spinach, swedes, sea kale and spinach beet, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, Savoy cabbages, kale, broad beans
None: Plants which definitely dislike fresh manure or compost Carrots, beetroot, root vegetables in general, spring cabbage (when they are planted out)
When to use it
March/April Seed bed, new potatoes, early peas, onions
May Greenhouse, asparagus mulch, globe artichoke mulch, strawberries, soft fruit, raspberries
June Runner beans, maincrop peas.
July Planting out brassicas, celery, celeriac, leeks
August Planting out brassicas
September Planting out sea kale and spinach beet
October/November Broad beans, hardy peas

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