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Post  BeardedIris on 3/15/2012, 7:38 pm

My local greenhouse has a pile of compost. It is a mixture of disregarded plants, planting medium, trimmings and such. It would be a great score at a great price, but I'm worried about it having too much perlite/vermiculite and peat for my mixture. I thought about mixing it with bagged manure half and half. Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions? BTW - I'm filling 3-21x3 ft beds - so I'm needing a lot. Thanks for any input.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/16/2012, 12:50 am

@BeardedIris wrote:My local greenhouse has a pile of compost. It is a mixture of disregarded plants, planting medium, trimmings and such. It would be a great score at a great price, but I'm worried about it having too much perlite/vermiculite and peat for my mixture. I thought about mixing it with bagged manure half and half. Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions? BTW - I'm filling 3-21x3 ft beds - so I'm needing a lot. Thanks for any input.

Those throwaway plants and trimmings might be diseased. Watch out.

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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 3/16/2012, 1:46 am

glad you\'re here Bearded Iris!

I'm just next door in central Illinois! Smile I would wonder what was in their planting medium and also thought about what Too Tall said as to what clippings would they put in the compost....If I used it, I would definitely want to find other composts for my 5-way blend!

Those beds sound LONG! Can't wait to see pics! Smile

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Post  walshevak on 3/16/2012, 8:44 am

I'm betting it is long on peat, pearlite and fillers and short on actual compost.

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Post  BeardedIris on 3/16/2012, 9:18 am

Thanks everyone for your comments. Thinking much on the same line, going to pass. As Mel has said in so many words - don't skimp to save money. Too much invested to turn back now. Want to do it right, tired of the dead clay! Loving all this work!

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Post  walshevak on 3/16/2012, 10:29 am

I would take a chance on it to amend clay for flower beds. Plus some added "good" compost.

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Post  BeardedIris on 3/17/2012, 7:09 am

That sounds like a good idea too Kay. Maybe I could segregate it in a seperate compost pile and let it cook and use it next year.

And BTW - in my last post I was excited about all the work (after no gardening all winter). By the time my husband and I were done running the biggest part of the day to find compost (our Ranger could only handle a portion of the total cu ft needed - that's a lot of weight), then coming home to dig out 2 raised beds, we both decided THAT WAS A LOT OF WORK! Tired but a GOOD tired. Good thing we have a few more weeks before planting...Laughing

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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 3/17/2012, 11:10 am

@BeardedIris wrote:then coming home to dig out 2 raised beds

Oh my! Shocked It's quite a bit of work getting the components and making the mix, but the great thing is it's a one-time effort. Smile

I'm confused about digging out the "raised" beds. My beds are raised with plywood bottoms and I didn't dig anything. I just got the components, mixed them well, and put them in the box saturating them well.

I have to ask....what are you "digging"? Well...besides SFG that is? jocolor

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Post  GWN on 3/17/2012, 11:18 am

I am guessing digging out the beds is what I have to do lots of..... dig the dirt out of my previous raised beds that i did not have mels mix in.
I have done on 3x11 so far and it was a lot of work to get the top 6 inches of dirt out. My shoulders are still sore,

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