I have a huge pile of composted chopped leaves that my lawn guys gave me last fall. Since then I have turned them a few times and added some 10-10-10 a couple of times too. I have not added any manure, 'greens' or kitchen scraps and all that. They are nice and brown and yummy looking to me.
Now I'm wondering what I should add 'mineral-nutrient wise' to use it in rejuvenating my perennial beds...?
The beds were originally made about 7 years ago with layers of mushroom compost, leaves, top soil, and some fertilizer so they are fairly decent but the soil seems compacted. And it is probably somewhat depleted since I cram a lot of plants into our garden all thru the growing season from March to October.
I want to use this new material when I plant or transplant in the garden and to place generous shovel fulls around, say, the peonies, lilies, etc. That is, I don't want to dig out all the plants and re-work the soil and then replant all of them~~if that makes a difference in what I add.
I have read about 'green sand', triple super phosphate, etc. etc., and now I'm a victim of TMI (too much information)!