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Compost is the perfect companion for lazy gardeners

Whether you lack time, interest, or energy, compost can be the one product that gives you the garden of your dreams without a whole lot of effort.

You don’t want to spend the day putzin’ around with the bees, burning your nose to a crisp, or giving your knees a workout from which they may never recover.  You just want a few fresh veggies for the table and a petunia or two.

Well, darlin’, we have the perfect garden companion for you.

It’s called compost.

Put it in the ground, a container, or a garden sock.

Use it to build the soil, retain moisture, and deter nuisances like pests, diseases, and weeds.

Rely on it for conventional, regenerative, organic, sustainable, hydroponic, biointensive, or permaculture growing systems.

Shovel, rake, till, or plow it in … or simply sprinkle on top of the soil.

Layer it on thick enough, and it will serve as a root-cooling mulch, too.

Apply in the spring, mid-season, or fall.

One product, added to the soil once or twice a year, is all most home gardens will ever need.

It’s never too late to start a garden

If you could spell procrastinator before anyone else in your class had ever heard the word … 

You fully intended to start a garden by seeding tomatoes in February for spring transplanting.  But the packet of seeds is still sitting on top of the microwave.

The little 4×8 patch of lawn you painstakingly cleared and double dug on that blustery cold day in early March hasn’t been touched since and has already been reclaimed by centipede grass.

Yes, procrastination has struck again, this time, derailing those plans for a summer garden.

But as the saying goes, ’tis better late than never.  More to the point, there’s still plenty of time to plant and harvest.

It’s okay to start a garden now

Even growers who managed to seed those early crops will be busy through the summer months sowing for fall 2021 or early spring 2022 harvests.

In more temperate climes (zone 7-13), it’s possible to grow year-round, though some plants may need a little shade during the hottest months.

With the help of things like cold frames and row covers, points north may be able to extend their growing season, too – without investing in greenhouses.

The Internet abounds with schedules and crop suggestions to kickstart your garden regardless of the calendar page.

Other good resources for information about what to plant in your area – and when – include your local Cooperative Extension office, as well as farm supply stores and garden centers.

Whenever you plant, don’t forget the compost.  It can be used above or below ground almost any time of year. Don’t start a garden without it.