Million Tomato Compost Campaign
U.S. Composting Council – Million Tomato Compost Campaign
Compost: Nature’s Way to Grow!

Campaign Compost Donation checklist PDF

Compost Tip Sheet

What is compost?

Compost is more than just dirt! Properly made compost is a high-quality soil amendment that is used to add organic matter to soil, which helps plants grow faster and healthier.

Why use compost?
  • Compost yields results. It grows beautiful landscapes and healthy food.
  • Compost provides organic matter and beneficial microorganisms that help build healthy soil, which is essential for growing healthy plants.
  • By using compost, you may reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and use less water.  That means less time spent caring for your garden, and more time for enjoying it.
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that some compost can even remove some organic and petrochemical contaminants from soil.
  • Compost is made locally from resources in the community. Buying compost is a local, sustainable process that closes the loop – it is organic recycling.
Tips on Planting Tomatoes in Compost

To get you started with growing your tomatoes using compost, follow these easy tips:

-       Apply compost over the entire planting area at an average depth of 1 to 2 inches, then incorporate it into the soil about 6 to 8 inches deep, either using a rotary tiller or shovel.

-       Rake the soil surface smooth before you plant. Make sure the soil surface is free of large clods, roots, stones, and other material that will interfere with planting.

-       Water the garden bed thoroughly after planting.

-       For ongoing maintenance, apply coarser compost mulch (1” to 2” screened) over the garden bed to conserve moisture, for weed suppression and to keep the garden beds looking great.

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