May 30, 2022
Compost is the ultimate soil amendment. It provides nutrients plants require and increases the water holding ability and workability of the soil. K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent for Johnson County, Dennis Patton, says compost is often called “black gold” because of its value in improving garden soil. So, how do you build a good compost pile? Patton, who considers composting to be both a science and an art, suggests thinking in terms of greens and browns.
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K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.