Compost is a nutrient-rich soil amendment made from the process of recycling decayed organic matter, including materials such as food scraps and yard waste through aerobic microbial decomposition.
Farm Feast Compost is Compost Crew’s first ever brand of locally-produced compost made with our Compost Outpost® model on Maryland farms. We produce high quality compost made from food scraps sourced directly from our residential and commercial customers and yard waste. Farm Feast can be applied to soils for all uses, including houseplants, home gardens, lawns, landscaping, and farms to provide beneficial nutrients, microbes, and structural support.
Why Use Compost?
Compost provides many benefits to plants themselves, including:
- Loosens soils that are too clumped, aiding in root development
- Absorbs water to help retain moisture and prevent plants from drying out
- Attracts beneficial organisms that suppress disease and provide resistance to harmful pests
- Neutralizes soil pH, balancing acidic soils
- Supplies nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
How to Use Farm Feast
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USDA advises an annual soil test to determine your farmland soil needs for best compost application rates. Application rates can vary based on soil nutrient needs, ranging from 5-20 tons per acre (about 10-40 cubic yards). Even lesser amounts can aid in improving soil quality and structure for clay-like soils.
Adding the right amount of compost to your houseplants can depend on the type of plants you have. Compost can be applied to houseplants by topping the existing soil with a 1-2 inches of compost, or you can incorporate the compost into the soil mix when repotting a plant. We recommend 1 part Farm Feast for every 3 parts of your soil mixture.
Landscaping with finished compost can promote grass growth, nutrient availability, and pest resistance. For landscaping projects, we recommend applying a depth of 3-4 inches of Farm Feast compost to the area and incorporating deep into the soil for trees and shrubs.
For lawns, we recommend annual application in early Spring and Fall. Add a depth of ¼-½ inches to a core aerated lawn. Rake the compost into the aeration holes, and water thoroughly if seeding was applied.
To start seeds for your garden, we recommend a potting mix of 2 parts Farm Feast, 2 parts coco coir and 1 part perlite.
Before planting in the Spring and Fall, finished compost can be applied to your vegetable garden to increase nutrient availability for your plants. We recommend applying compost to the soil at a depth of 1-2 inches and then incorporating it into the top 6-8 inches of the soil. For deeper rooted plants, increase compost application rate and incorporate deeper into the soil.