In the soil there are millions of microbes, which all help form a healthy soil. These microbes feed on material such as organic matter like mulch and compost, however, have you ever thought of adding molasses to the soil as well?
Molasses is a by product of refining sugar, it is a thick dark brown or black liquid. It contains a lot of nutrients as well as sugar and a good source of carbon, which is great for the compost heap. Some of the nutrients which can be found in molasses are calcium, potassium, manganese and iron.
In a solution, molasses is very soluble and can easily be mixed up in a watering can and used with a liquid fertilised or on its own to fertilise plants in the garden. Some of the benefits from adding it to the soil include feeding the microbes in the soil, fertilising plants and it can be used to deter nematodes.
If you really want to fire up your compost heap, add some molasses to the heap, you will not only be adding moisture, but you will be adding sugar and carbon which are essential for the microbes responsible for the composting process.
When applying it directly to your garden, a healthy tablespoon full diluted in a watering can is adequate. This can then be added to the garden every couple of weeks. Adding it to a compost heap, a higher rate can be used, and should be added when the pile is being aerated or turned.