Why Use Compost??
Although compost is not considered a fertilizer, it does have a positive, cumulative effect on soil nutrient levels. Whatever nutrients are present, are more bioavailable to plants growing in soils with added compost.
Why use Dairy Compost?
In Whatcom County, some dairy farms have an excess of dairy manure, since there are more cows producing on less farmland. This can lead to environmental problems. As gardeners, we can take advantage of this imbalance, help the environment, and use the extra nutrients in our gardens.
In dairy compost, large portions of the plant nutrients ingested by cows will appear in the manure. There is a broader range of nutrients contained in diary manure than in many commercial fertilizers. When manure is properly composted, pathogens are not a problem, and the nutrients are stable. When applied to your garden, or around your trees and plants, this compost will slowly and gently add nutrients, and greatly benefit the soil.