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Post  deriter on 4/27/2013, 4:09 pm

I bought some compost last year from a nursery that got it from the city. I don't think it was composted enough as I see a lot of little sticks in it. It is almost gone. My compost pile is not ready, so do I buy more from the nursery or could I use "Scotts Potting Soil"?
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Post  camprn on 4/27/2013, 5:42 pm

Don't use Scott's potting 'soil'.Little sticks are ok. Your garden plants need compost. Did the garden grow well in the compost you got last year?

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Post  deriter on 4/27/2013, 8:43 pm

No, but it was so hot and dry. Didn't water as I should have, but still seemed to be lacking. I did use some miracle grow which did seem to help.
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Post  Nicola on 4/28/2013, 3:25 pm

@deriter wrote:{snip} I did use some miracle grow (sic) which did seem to help.
You did what? affraid Is that safe? (I get so scared at the idea of all the toxic chemicals we might accidentally ingest, I can't imagine, anymore, putting them on my food.) Well, you are still here to post, not What a Face or cyclops , so I guess the MiracleGro was okay that one time.
I've heard mention of an 18-day quick compost method on here, maybe you could try that. Or, it looks like you might just have to pick up a bag of commercial compost. Sad
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Post  camprn on 4/28/2013, 3:33 pm

@Nicola wrote:
@deriter wrote:{snip} I did use some miracle grow (sic) which did seem to help.
You did what? affraid Is that safe? (I get so scared at the idea of all the toxic chemicals we might accidentally ingest, I can't imagine, anymore, putting them on my food.)
In a pinch I use a miracle-gro clone product to feed seedlings. I don't usually eat those seedlings.

What's in Miracle-gro plant food?

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Post  deriter on 4/28/2013, 7:41 pm

I should tell you that last year was my first sfg. I just need some compost and looking at what my options would be. Please point out what the problems would be with Scott's potting soil and Miracle Grow. I am not being argumentative here. Please, I need some coaching & counseling. Do I buy city compost, or Scotts Potting Soil and why or why not?
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Post  camprn on 4/28/2013, 7:55 pm

@deriter wrote:I should tell you that last year was my first sfg. I just need some compost and looking at what my options would be. Please point out what the problems would be with Scott's potting soil and Miracle Grow. I am not being argumentative here. Please, I need some coaching & counseling. Do I buy city compost, or Scotts Potting Soil and why or why not?
Basically it's peat and perlite, maybe a little vermiculite, with the miracle -gro plant food. There is no organic matter that will enhance the tilth of your current mix and it's quit likely that fertilizer in it will be used up within 3 months.

http://www.scotts.com/smg/goprod/miracle-gro-flower-and-vegetable-garden-soil/prod70232/

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Post  JustMe on 4/28/2013, 10:24 pm

Sometimes I have purchased commercial compost and found a stick or two in there. When your homemade compost is ready, you can sift it to get out all of the stuff that didn't quite break down. Quiltbea gave me the idea of using the stacking basket to sift homemade compost. I found one at Goodwill for about $1. If you're handy, then you can make a sifter with wood and hardware cloth.

The five different types of compost, along with the other ingredients, supply various nutrients so your SFG won't need additional fertilizer, Miracle Gro, etc. The city compost might have 5 different ingredients (grass clippings, leaves, chipped tree branches, etc.), but that would still count as 1 type of compost. The garden shops and nurseries in your area may have 4 other types to round out your MM compost count - cow manure, worm castings, mushroom, leaf...

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/29/2013, 9:01 am

Last month I picked up compost at our local recycle center.
I asked the mgr what was in this material, he told me leaves, grass clipping and brush.
I picked up 24 five gal containers and screened it all.
There was some other material in it, however all in all it looked good, especially after screening.

There were four 5 gal buckets I couldn't use, however my wife wanted them for her flower beds.
So far some plants are doing well in my bed
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Post  deriter on 4/29/2013, 4:22 pm

Now just maybe that is what I need to do, is to screen it! Why I did not think of that who knows? That sounds like a plan as it would be much cheaper than the commercial stuff. So I will be off to the nursery to buy the city made stuff. Hopefully my compost will be ready someday,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Thanks everyone for your help and patience with this ole geyser.
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Post  jazzycat on 4/29/2013, 9:07 pm

Personally, I would never use Miracle Grow. Not even the "organic" one. That is a personal choice, however.

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Post  camprn on 4/29/2013, 9:15 pm

@jazzycat wrote:Personally, I would never use Miracle Grow. Not even the "organic" one. That is a personal choice, however.
Yes it is a personal choice, but there is nothing really wrong with using such a product in a pinch to feed your plants if they are expiring from nutrient deficiency. Wink

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Post  jazzycat on 4/29/2013, 9:41 pm

@camprn wrote:
@jazzycat wrote:Personally, I would never use Miracle Grow. Not even the "organic" one. That is a personal choice, however.
Yes it is a personal choice, but there is nothing really wrong with using such a product in a pinch to feed your plants if they are expiring from nutrient deficiency. Wink

I didn't mean to imply there was something wrong with it. Sorry if it came across that way. Smile

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