Topsoil is the very topmost layer of soil on the earth. It was made over thousands of years as stones break down into tiny grains and plants and animals decay.
Compost is made by breaking down organic matter and kitchen scraps into a light, fluffy layer. Topsoil is produced by removing the upper layer of soil from the earth’s surface.
If you’re trying to loosen up compacted soil, feed your container plants, or set up healthy gardens, you most likely want compost. Topsoil, on the other hand, is usually used to start a new yard or to repair poor soil in your backyard.
Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work. Both compost and topsoil are essential to any vegetable garden or healthy yard.