when to use compost
I have some home-made compost that looks ready to use. However, I haven't planted fall crops. To use it in the spring, should I store it or put it on the beds now? Does winter kill the living component of compost, and if so, does that matter? Thanks as always. You do a terrific service!
You can add the compost to your garden now. Cold weather slows down biological activity but will not kill it. The Soil organisms will not be as active.
Do not leave the soil bare as it is prone to erosion and nutrient run off. Cover with shredded leaves or straw. You can incorporate in the spring.