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 donnainzone5 Today at 11:14 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 9:52 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by trolleydriver Today at 9:45 am

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee Today at 9:08 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Today at 9:04 am

» Amaranth
by dstack Today at 8:05 am

» New England, December 2016
by sanderson Today at 4:09 am

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by sanderson Today at 4:03 am

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:42 pm

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

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

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

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

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising 12/3/2016, 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality 12/3/2016, 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver 12/3/2016, 4:14 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by CapeCoddess 12/3/2016, 12:32 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals 12/3/2016, 10:36 am

» Mid-South: December 2016
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 3:39 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:50 am

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 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

» 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

Google

Search SFG Forum

Smelly Mel's mix

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Smelly Mel's mix

Post  philct on 4/6/2012, 12:18 am

My father came over today and remarked that my MM smelled like a farm. I mixed a day ago. This got me to worrying, is it safe for plants if it's got a manure smell? My mix is:

2 CF shrimp/seaweed compost

2 CF cow manure bagged fully composted

1.5 CF cow manure with humus bagged fully composted (40lbs)

1.5 CF chickitty-doo-doo (40lbs)

2CF leaf compost

8 CF vermiculite

3.8 CF compressed Peat

I see now that I may be off with a bit extra compost, but is it enough to keep the manure smell? I thought likely its the chickitty-doo-doo that's making it smell. I planted strawberry's in the mix and just want to make sure I am not going to hurt my family using it too soon?

philct

Male Posts : 170
Join date : 2012-03-30
Location : Connecticut Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Smelly Mel's mix

Post  camprn on 4/6/2012, 7:41 am

It smells like a farm because 3 of your 5 products came off a farm. The odor will dissipate. NO worries. The plants aren't going to care how it smells. You could put some shredded bark mulch on and that will keep some of the odor down if it bothers you. Remember, always wash the fruits and vegetables before they go to table.

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13983
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Smelly Mel's mix

Post  plantoid on 4/6/2012, 3:37 pm

Like Camp say's, it's what it is but it will sweeten up in about three days and stop smelling overly strong . I had the same prob with all twelve bags of my pourchased stuff

It will not have been aired whilst in the bags and will have usually have sweated a bit . Most bagged composts are not fully composted like they will be when you make your own. They are taken so far along the stages of composting usually just enough to be classed as composted and sold as soon as possible to generate cash asap .

It might also give a slight wiff when you water things but again over the next two or three weeks even that will reduce to almost nothing just like mine has.

plantoid

Male Posts : 3636
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 65

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Smelly Mel's mix

Post  philct on 4/6/2012, 4:19 pm

@plantoid wrote:Like Camp say's, it's what it is but it will sweeten up in about three days and stop smelling overly strong . I had the same prob with all twelve bags of my pourchased stuff

It will not have been aired whilst in the bags and will have usually have sweated a bit . Most bagged composts are not fully composted like they will be when you make your own. They are taken so far along the stages of composting usually just enough to be classed as composted and sold as soon as possible to generate cash asap .

It might also give a slight wiff when you water things but again over the next two or three weeks even that will reduce to almost nothing just like mine has.



Thanks to you both!!! As it's my first time, I became paranoid last night at work with fears of E-Coli and worse running through my head with my 2 year old son... I had convinced myself it was the worst thing I've done!!! You've put my mind to ease

philct

Male Posts : 170
Join date : 2012-03-30
Location : Connecticut Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Smelly Mel's mix

Post  givvmistamps on 4/6/2012, 4:45 pm

@philct wrote:
@plantoid wrote:Like Camp say's, it's what it is but it will sweeten up in about three days and stop smelling overly strong . I had the same prob with all twelve bags of my pourchased stuff

It will not have been aired whilst in the bags and will have usually have sweated a bit . Most bagged composts are not fully composted like they will be when you make your own. They are taken so far along the stages of composting usually just enough to be classed as composted and sold as soon as possible to generate cash asap .

It might also give a slight wiff when you water things but again over the next two or three weeks even that will reduce to almost nothing just like mine has.



Thanks to you both!!! As it's my first time, I became paranoid last night at work with fears of E-Coli and worse running through my head with my 2 year old son... I had convinced myself it was the worst thing I've done!!! You've put my mind to ease

Gonna throw my 2 cents in here; take it or leave it as you wish: e-coli comes in many strains, some of which cause disease in humans, many of which don't...honestly, your son is far more likely to get an e-coli infection from touching a lizard, toad or frog, then putting hand to face. That's really common down here in the Deep South. My son got it when we moved here at around 10 months of age; we caught it right away, took him to the doctor, and antibiotics cleared it right up. He must've developed some immunity to that particular strain from that experience. I think the media hypes it up to make it sound much worse than it really is in most cases...the exceptions being the elderly and small infants who don't have the proper flora components in their guts and have weak immune systems. Make sure your son eats yogurt regularly, preferably an organic type, to ensure his gut flora is balanced. Very Happy

givvmistamps

Female Posts : 862
Join date : 2012-04-01
Age : 45
Location : Lake City, (NE) FL; USDA Hardiness Zone 8b, AHS Heat Zone 9, Sunset Zone 28

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Smelly Mel's mix

Post  Sponsored content Today at 11:40 am


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