How to Use Garden Compost in Autumn

Autumn compost Autumn is here, and it’s time to start thinking about how to use all that garden compost that’s been piling up in your garden. Composting is a great way to reduce your usage of on an expensive general waste bin.

It also creates a nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how to use garden compost in autumn and help you get the most out of your compost this season.

1. Starting with the Basics

Before we dive into the specifics of using garden compost in autumn, let’s start with the basics. Garden compost is a dark, earthy material made of decomposed organic matter such as leaves, yard clippings, and food scraps. Composting is the process of breaking down this organic matter into nutrient-rich soil that’s great for your garden. Autumn is an excellent time to use your compost for next year.

2. Preparing Your Garden

Before using your garden compost, make sure your garden beds are cleared of any debris or remaining plants from the previous season. Check out the great video we did about this with Irish Gardener Jimi Blake. 

3. Applying Compost

Once your garden beds are cleared and ready, it’s time to start applying your garden compost. Spread a layer of compost across your garden bed, aiming for a depth of about an inch. If you have larger garden beds, consider using a garden rake to spread the compost evenly. You can also mix the compost into the soil by using a garden fork or rototiller. Be sure to work the compost into the soil thoroughly.

4. Adding Nutrients

In addition to its soil-benefiting properties, garden compost is also an excellent source of nutrients for your plants. Try blending compost with other soil amendments, such as bone meal or seaweed, to give your garden beds an extra boost. You can also use compost as a natural fertilizer for potted plants or as a nutrient-rich top dressing for your lawn.

5. Composting Leaves

If you have a lot of leaves on your property, autumn is the perfect time to begin composting them. Leaves are an excellent source of carbon, which helps to balance the nitrogen-rich organic matter in your compost pile. To compost leaves, create a separate pile from your regular compost and blend them with some other organic matter. Over 2 seasons, the leaves break down into rich, crumbly compost that’s perfect for your garden.


Autumn is an excellent time to make use of your garden compost and prepare for the next growing season. By following these tips, you can ensure that your garden has the best possible start in the spring. Just remember to start by clearing out your garden beds, properly apply and work the compost into the soil, and enjoy the benefits of your nutrient-rich compost. Happy gardening!