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Post  jazzycat on 5/2/2013, 1:39 pm

I have an open bag of peat and an open bag of compost that have been sitting on the patio for about 2 weeks. I have them covered with a plastic bag (to keep rain and water out), but not tightly sealed. They are both mostly full. Well, one is about 2/3 full and the other one is about 3/4 full. They should still be fine to use, right? I can't imagine why they wouldn't be, but I thought I would ask anyway. Thanks bunches.

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Post  landarch on 5/2/2013, 1:47 pm

they should be fine...go ahead and use. If you had them covered well enough is it unlikely that any weed seeds blew in.
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Post  jazzycat on 5/2/2013, 1:52 pm

Cool. I was really more worried about the microbes. I also have a large pile I got from a local nursery. It's been under a tarp, sitting in a old garden bed. I figure, they have it out in the open at the nursery, it should be fine to use, and possibly even have some worms in it by now.

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Post  bwaynef on 5/2/2013, 1:53 pm

@jazzycat wrote:They should still be fine to use, right? I can't imagine why they wouldn't be, but I thought I would ask anyway.

As long as there is no smell, or it smells earthy like good compost should, I wouldn't hesitate. If it stinks, I'd add it to the compost pile and use it later.
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