Here’s the results after three weeks of anxiously watching basil grow. In order from awesome to least awesome: Tea leaf compost, tumbler compost, commercial compost, worm castings, no compost.
The obvious conclusion is that compost is better than no compost. Not only is it a fertilizer and soil conditioner, but it allows soil to maintain its nutrients and while supporting essential bacteria.
Are you surprised by the results? I thought that the worm castings would come out on top. I think I could have waited longer on my worm castings, though…same with my tumbler material.
I’m going to try the experiment again in a few weeks with all fresh batches of material, and maybe I’ll add some other soil types while I’m at it (know anyone with grub compost?).
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did…this was my first time growing anything and I had a blast. Any suggestions for round 2?