Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by bigdogrock Today at 5:55 pm

» New England, December 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 5:52 pm

» Live and learn
by Mikesgardn Today at 4:22 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 2:42 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 2:08 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals Today at 2:04 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by countrynaturals Today at 2:01 pm

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by sanderson Today at 1:44 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Today at 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:14 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:32 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:36 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Kelejan Yesterday at 9:46 am

» Mid-South: December 2016
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:39 am

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:30 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:50 am

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:28 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 5:46 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

» Blanching and Freezing Vegetables
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:59 pm

» Your Christmas wish list?
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:29 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:14 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 12/2/2016, 2:59 pm

» Fusion Life Brands Power XL pressure cooker
by CapeCoddess 12/2/2016, 2:39 pm

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 2:14 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 12/2/2016, 1:13 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Compost from the Greenhouse

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Compost from the Greenhouse

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.

BeardedIris

Female Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-03-15
Location : Indiana

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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.

Too Tall Tomatoes

Male Posts : 1069
Join date : 2011-10-24
Age : 46
Location : Pennsylvania, Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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

UnderTheBlackWalnut

Female Posts : 559
Join date : 2011-04-18
Age : 50
Location : Springfield (central), IL, on the line between 5b and 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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.

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast

walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4310
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 73
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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!

BeardedIris

Female Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-03-15
Location : Indiana

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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.

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast

walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4310
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 73
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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

BeardedIris

Female Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-03-15
Location : Indiana

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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

UnderTheBlackWalnut

Female Posts : 559
Join date : 2011-04-18
Age : 50
Location : Springfield (central), IL, on the line between 5b and 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

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,

GWN

Posts : 2719
Join date : 2012-01-14
Age : 60
Location : british columbia zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost from the Greenhouse

Post  Sponsored content Today at 7:25 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum