Yes, compost adds many nutrients to the soil, both macro (larger) and micro (very small) nutrients. Compost also adds organic matter, which helps maintain soil health. Compost also balances the Ph of soils. The nutrients in compost release slowly over time, and are less likely to run off than nutrients from fertilizer.
Compost is actually sometimes even better than commercially manufactured fertilizer, because it contains more nutrients, releases its energy into the soil over a greater period of time, doesn’t run off and pollute water systems like some fertilizer, and buffers the soil.
Compost really is useful as a fertilizer, not to mention the fact that it cuts down how much trash goes into landfills.
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