Why Plate to Garden?
The MNCC wanted there to be a fun way for groups to promote compost use in their community. The Plate to Garden program allowed groups to get outside, get their hands dirty and raise money for their organization, all while promoting compost! Since its beginning in 2015, the Plate to Garden program has been very successful and groups continue holding events every year.
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Tips on how to use your compost:
If you use a rototiller, you would apply up to one inch of compost on top of the soil and till it to a depth of five inches of soil.
If you are using a shovel to turn your garden, you could measure the depth of the shovel blade and calculate the depth of the compost needed to accommodate the depth of the shovel blade. Using one-fifth of an inch of compost for every inch of depth of the shovel.
Create a soil compost blend that is 20 percent compost. Mix four parts soil with one part compost. You may also top dress perennial flower gardens with no greater than 1/4 to 1/2 inch of compost.
Mix up to 50% compost with 50% potting soil mix for potting plants, or add 1/4 - 1/2 inch on top of already potted plants.
A 20 to 50 percent soil blend would be the best mixture to use for pots on a deck or patio, since potted plants tend to dry out quickly. A higher percentage of compost helps hold more moisture, decreasing the rate at which the soil dries out. For instance, if you have clay pots that wick moisture more easily, use a higher percentage compost to soil blend.
Top dress lawn with 1/8 to 1/4 inch of compost and rake into grass. For best results, aerate your lawn before applying compost and apply in the Fall and in the Spring.
SEEDING NEW LAWNS:
Apply 1 to 2 1/2 inches of compost to surface and till well into the top 6 inches of soil. Then apply seed and rake into surface.
ESTABLISHED TREES AND SHRUBS:
Top-dress with compost to a depth of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch around the base of the tree out to the drip line.
NEW TREES AND SHRUBS:
A soil mix for this use should be around 10 percent. To obtain a 10 percent mixture, you should mix 9 parts soil to 1 part compost.
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