Soil Amendment: What Is It Anyways?


You may have heard of soil amendment in relation to the new craze over electric composters. Soil amendment in this context is the by-product produced by counter-top composters. But what is it really, and how do you use it to grow EXPLODE your plants into gorgeous new bloom?

Soil Amendment Is Not the Same As Fertilizer... But It’s Not NOT the Same Either...

Soil amendment is essentially a material that you can put in your garden to condition and improve the quality of your soil. This soil conditioner (as it is sometimes called) is dependent on what your soil needs.

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For Example: Is your soil too acidic (low pH)? Lime or compost would be a good addition to your garden. Maybe your soil is too dry and can’t retain water, in which case carbon materials like shredded bark or paper would be a good addition.

If your garden is lacking nutrients and microbial activity (your plants look listless and grow very slowly and/or poorly), or you simply want to kick-start the growth process, then perhaps the amendment you’d want to choose has fertilizing components, like compost, manure or the by-product from electric composters.

What Is Soil Amendment Made Of, Exactly?

Again, that depends on what your soil needs. Soil amendment from an electric composter is composed of biomatter - which is a fancy word used to describe food waste that has been dehydrated aerobically and ground up into small particles.

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The soil amendment from an indoor composter is very high in nutrients, and is a great way to spruce up your garden. Electric compost fertilizer is composed of 100% organic matter. This is the food waste you accumulate throughout your daily life (peels, shells, bones, etc). This makes your indoor composter soil amendment highly concentrated in key nutrients.

Gardens Love Soil Amendment - and Here's Why:

Your daily food waste has tons of important nutrients locked within its fibers and starches - nutrients that perhaps your body can’t benefit from, but which your soil definitely can. Plants utilize around 15 micronutrients in the soil, but the three most important are NitrogenPhosphorus and Potassium (or NPK). That’s why you see synthetic fertilizers with a rating that looks something like: 10-3-10.