Uses Of Humus: Food Or Soil?

Use Humus as food or as gardening soil, fertilizer and decorative covering in and around flowers and bushes as well as to improve the richness and quality of soil.

What is Humus?

Humus is among the richest and darkest of soils. It is scientifically defined as that which is developed over time by the decomposition of organics (this meaning that it comes from the remains of living things i.e., deceased animal or vegetable life). Humus is generally the shade of dark chocolate and almost appears to have the texture of crumbled chocolate cake or of very dark, ground coffee when viewed from a distance. It is used in most all types of gardening, seeding of lawns and coverage of landscape for an appealing contrast to greenery or even to the color of your home, especially if your house is made of brick or if it is darkly colored. Humus may appear to have specks of white here and there as well.

Where can you find Humus once you decide you have a use for it?

Humus is in greater supply than many other gardening soils as it is more readily found in nature. A garden store, gardening or outdoor departments of any large brand name department store or a farm supply will have plenty of humus on hand in the Spring and early Summer planting seasons. Humus is also produced purposefully by composting. You may want to consider starting your own compost as a means to maintaining a constant source.

What are the several uses of Humus?

As is or mixed with fertilizers, topsoil, sand, lime or peat, humus can be used to lay a foundation for planting grass, shrubs, flower or vegetable gardens. It may also be used for a handsome top layering to areas around bushes, trees or other plant life.

Humus and flowers.

Humus is a light, rich soil. As such you can completely surround the roots of flowers with it if you wish. The most sensibly priced approach would be to dig holes for your flowers a little larger than normal and spread humus in the bottom. Next add your flower holding it straight up in the hole and completely fill in around it with humus as well. You can water a little after adding the bottom layer of humus and around the flower after planted even more heavily. You may want to cover the flowerbed with a thin layer of humus for decoration. This works especially well when contrasting with vividly or darkly colored flowers such as red, yellow or black roses.

For crops you will want to take the same approach on a larger garden or mix humus and lime in well on a smaller garden.

Humus spread atop the ground will eventually decompose into the soil. This provides rich nutrients when dissolved into the ground by rain, watering or foot traffic.

Worms and humus.

Those who wish to raise worms or attract them for bird life that may wish to feed on them will find humus prime real estate where the worm is concerned. Worms

love humus and you can certainly say that worms are good for the humus as well, further enriching your soil.

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