Making Quality Compost on a Garden Scale

Benefits Among the attributes of compost are – Immobilizes nutrients in the bodies of microorganisms. This keeps nutrients, especially nitrogen, from leaching out of the pile. When the finished compost is applied to the soil, nutrients are released slowly and in forms available to plants. Increases soil organic matter and …

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Cool Season Cover Crops: Selection and Timing

In areas of the Central Coast where winter rainfall typically exceeds 25 inches per year, and especially on sloped ground, cover cropping in annual vegetable cropping systems is highly advisable to protect non-cropped soil from both erosion and nutrient leaching. Based on numerous studies, the optimum time for planting winter …

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