If you’re learning about organic vegetable gardening, chances are you’re also learning a lot about compost, the thing that “happens” as leaves, pulled weeds, and grass clippings, or animal manure, break down into a rich, dark, crumbly, earth-smelling material. High-quality compost is teeming with life, full of beneficial microorganisms that will help improve your soil life and your plants’ vitality. It can also help protect against plant disease. And for new gardeners who may not have a simple home-composting system in their yard yet, picking up bagged compost at the municipal or landscaping center, or at a big home-improvement store, may seem simple enough. The problem is, not all compost is created equally.
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