Published May 15, 2024

Step-by-Step of a Deep-Compost Mulch System

By Practical Farmers of Iowa

The deep-compost mulch system is an accessible and productive practice to support healthy vegetables in a no-till or low-till farm system. Carly and Ethan Zierke of Sweet Season Farm grow certified organic vegetables in Calmar, Iowa. They have adapted a deep-compost mulch system as an economical way to make their vegetable beds more weed and drought resilient and to improve the health of the soil. Learn about the benefits of compost, from weed control to plant health, and a step-by-step process for applying it.