Using compost or other organic soil amendments to your soil improves drainage and aeration which means your plant’s roots have plenty of room to grow and won’t end up sitting in soggy soil. But many gardeners wonder how much organic soil amendments they need to create humus-rich, organic soil to support healthy plant growth.
According to the Texas A&M University extension, one third of your soil should be organic matter, such as composts or livestock manure like cow or horse manure. This means spreading a two to three inch layer of composts or manure over the top of your garden and tilling it into the top 6 to 8 inches of the soil.
One of the easiest way to insure that you always have plenty of organic soil amendments is to create compost heaps for composting leaves, garden and yard scraps and kitchen scraps, such a vegetable and fruit peels.
Although you can buy composters that make the work of composting a little easier, compost heaps provide you with fresh organic matter throughout the year and are absolutely free. To learn how you can create compost heaps for composting leaves and other organic material from your yard and garden, visit Making Compost Heaps.