Most people know that compost is important to building and keeping healthy soil. Even so, it should go without saying that sharing this information is not everyone’s favorite thing to do for several different reasons. Before we had the compost spreader, we had to do it by hand.
We would bring trailers of shoveled compost to our gardening blocks, then use wheelbarrows to drop small compost piles every two feet, and then use the back of a rake to spread the compost evenly over the beds. Before the compost spreader, we would shovel compost into our garden blocks from trailers. All this work had to be done before the compost spreader became a regular part of our lives. To say that this is a labor of love that takes up a lot of time would be a big understatement, but it does take up a lot of time.
With the Compost Spreader attachment for the BCS, growers can quickly and evenly spread amendments. The Compost Spreader is included with the BCS. If you want a layer of compost that is a certain depth, you can choose from 13 different ways to do it.
So, if you want to sprinkle it on as an amendment or put a 1-inch layer on before you direct seed your picky carrots, there is a setting for you! Many additional activities are available. There are various alternatives from which to pick. Because it was made for our 30-inch bed system, it can roll down the alleys and over the bed without disturbing the soil. The outcome should have been like this all along.
How do you use the compost spreader the right way?
The spreader can be quickly and easily connected to the BCS, but you will need to buy a curved coupler separately. This is what will be needed to finish the connection. After it is in place, you can load the spreader with your extras, such as compost, if you want to.
Walk up to your bed, use the lever to adjust to the distribution setting, and then you’re ready to go! You’ll see that turning at 90-degree and 180-degree angles is easy, so you don’t have to worry about working in a cold tunnel or greenhouse. The speed of the BCS does not affect the conveyor belt that moves the compost around. For example, it won’t spread more compost when you’re in third gear, and it won’t spread less compost when you’re in first gear.
Should you get a spreader for the compost you have?
Whether or not you invest in this instrument will depend greatly on your personal preferences. In this situation, the most important things to consider are how active you are and how much substance you take. The compost spreader is a great addition to our arsenal, and we use it at least once a week on the beds where our carrots are growing. This is exactly the least amount of use we give it. For smaller market gardens, you can use a wheelbarrow or Vermont cart to move and spread the compost or spread it by hand with the back of a rake. For market gardens, this method works well.