Help the development of the site, sharing the article with friends!

Full life pulsates in secret in every compost soil. In order for hard-working microorganisms and soil organisms to stay alert, it is important to store them properly until they are used. This guide draws your attention to important precautions relating to the value-preserving storage of compost soil.

Compost should be stored with ground contact

Best option: rainproof storage with ground contact

As the garden year draws to a close, the question arises of how to store the remaining compost properly. With the beginning of autumn and winter, permanent wetness in the form of rain and snow is the biggest problem for organic natural fertilizer.

Under the influence of too much moisture, rot and mold are inevitable. Watertight storage prevents the shortcoming, but also causes distress for microorganisms that are useful in the compost soil. How to solve the problem of winter storage of compost with flying colors:

  • Clear the garden area of weeds, stones and dirt
  • Spread compost over the surface
  • Place water-repellent, frost-resistant compost fleece over the compost soil
  • Alternatively spread black foil over the organic material
  • Weight down the edges with stones or earth

Your valuable compost soil is protected from continuous rain and snow under the fleece or film cover. Microorganisms, earthworms and other helpers in the rotting process have access to the soil so that they can retreat there in severe frost.

Storing compost in containers - tips & tricks

In a small garden, the storage of compost soil in contact with the ground often fails due to the lack of space. That is no reason to expose the rich natural fertilizer to cold, wet winter weather without protection. We have compiled the following ideas for space-saving storage options for you:

  • Disused tin garbage can with a perforated base and a lockable lid
  • Old bottomless rain barrel
  • Close-meshed baskets under a rainproof canopy
  • Tear-resistant foil bags with perforated underside

Regardless of what container you store compost in for the winter. The pivotal point for value-preserving storage is that the organic material is not denied access to oxygen.


Foresighted hobby gardeners reserve a frost-free spot in the garage, shed or basement for a few liters of compost. Thanks to this prudence, ready-to-use compost is ready at the beginning of the lawn season, which as a natural fertilizer stimulates the growth of noble grasses.

The garden journal freshness ABC

How can fruit and vegetables be stored correctly so that they stay fresh for as long as possible?

The garden journal freshness ABC as a poster:

  • as a free PDF file to print out yourself

Help the development of the site, sharing the article with friends!