For many gardeners, making and using compost still has a slightly old-fashioned air, a whiff of "dig-for-victory". It's therefore easy to get the impression that compost is only for the vegetable plot. There is some truth in this: the vegetable plot is the only part of the garden where all plant material is routinely harvested, and if you're taking a lot out, it pays to put something back in.
It's also in the vegetable plot that the effect of compost is most easily measured: tests show that you can expect application of a 5-10cm (2-4in) layer of garden compost to double yields of cabbages, leeks, or potatoes. Most other kinds of organic material will work just as well, but no better -
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