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Building a Better Backbone for My New SFG!

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Building a Better Backbone for My New SFG!

Post  donnainzone5 on 7/20/2012, 12:20 pm

Now that I've arrived in Central Oregon, I'm determined to create the best MM I can. So far, I have the following:

- Abundant sunlight
- Mushroom compost
- Steer "
- Chicken "
- Llama " (there's a llama farm a few miles away)
- Whole Foods " (garden prunings, recycled food waste, vegetable
trimmings)
- A small amount of almost-finished homemade compost
- Worm castings
- Bat guano
- Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme
- "Mint" compost (very dark black) from L&S Gardens in La Pine

Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Smile
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Post  llama momma on 7/20/2012, 12:54 pm

That's quite a dreamy mix. Imagine your garden will really pop with growth and nutrition, whew. Look forward to seeing pictures!
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 7/20/2012, 12:58 pm

A big bag of coffee grounds from the nearest Starbucks for a big nitrogen hit. :-)


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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 7/20/2012, 1:02 pm

Hey, donnainzone10, great to have you just a short mountain range away! And we on the rainy side are a bit envious of all your sunshine. Boy, you have really done the legwork to get the best compost mixture. Congratulations and can't wait to hear about your results. Nonna

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Post  happycamper on 7/20/2012, 1:44 pm

Fantastic combination of composts. Welcome to the PNW!
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Post  gwennifer on 7/20/2012, 4:09 pm

Sounds like it's going to be a great mix. So the "Whole Foods" stuff, are you talking about the Whole Foods grocery store? They give away stuff?

Happy to have you in the PNW - hope you'll join us on our monthly updates and keep us posted on your progress!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/20/2012, 5:19 pm

Whole Foods has a composting program. You can buy the compost at some locations and I've purchased it at local garden centers before. It's nice stuff.

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Post  cheyannarach on 7/20/2012, 6:04 pm

@No_Such_Reality wrote:A big bag of coffee grounds from the nearest Starbucks for a big nitrogen hit. :-)

+1, and some spoiled milk and beet greens!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/20/2012, 6:13 pm

Rooster, et al.,

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm currently trying to start some seeds in vermiculite, but unfortunately I left behind several perforated margarine tubs. So, I'm improvising with what I have....

The local "holistic" nursery tells me I can still plant lettuce, spinach, and possibly a few other veggies. I'm seriously considering utilizing one of my two "glass composting" containers (perforated) from the local trash company to plant some seed potatoes. Although it's a bit late here for those, it's an experiment.

It appears that I'll have to rent a rototiller/tractor to dig up the existing areas for flower beds, berries, etc. (2"- 5" of mulch, then river bottom pebbles, then CHEAPEST of the cheap fill dirt), or else build raised beds for all, which could be prohibitively expensive. Any suggestions?
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