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Using Your Compost

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Finished compost resembles dark, crumbly topsoil and should bear no resemblance to the original materials. Compost should have a pleasant, earthy smell to it.

Using "unfinished" or immature compost that contains food scraps can attract rodents or other vermin, so make sure your compost has fully decomposed before adding to your garden beds. Conduct this simple test to tell if your compost is ready to be used.

There are a range of ways to utilize your finished compost. You can mix it into your flower and vegetable beds, blend it with potting soil to revitalize indoor plants, or spread it on your lawn as a fertilizer. Follow these links for specific guidance on how best to work with compost given the different types of plantings you are looking to ammend.

using compost to amend your soil
using compost to grow plants
using compost on lawn or turf
using compost for trees & shrubs
using compost to create compost tea

ALSO SEE:
outdoor composting
indoor composting
other ways to recycle food scraps
composting equipment
groups creating more green spaces in nyc

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