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Can I call this compost?

Post  VJ72584 on 6/12/2013, 1:27 pm

I was at our local Feed and Seed to pick up some compost. The owner was showing me a test he was running with different types of compost and tomatoes in five gallons buckets. There were two that were growing especially well. One is called Fox & Farm Ocean Forest and the other Stout Ollie Compost - Mater Maker. I bought the Stout Ollie, but the Fox and Farm is called Potting soil on their web site.

http://foxfarmfertilizer.com/category/soil-and-soil-conditioners.html

The Fox and Farm plant was beautiful, dark green leaves but not a lot of fruit. The Stout Ollie brand had lighter leaves but loads of fruit. I know we are supposed to mix five kinds, but I thought about mixing just these two for the tomatoes. It's a little pricey at his small store, but I do try to shop local when I can. I just did not know if the Fox and Farm would mess up my Mel's Mix if I used it as compost along with the mushroom, cow, etc.

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Post  camprn on 6/12/2013, 2:03 pm

For best results go with the 5 way compost blend.... Remembers, cutting corners often results in tears....

BUT if you want to use this as an extra... that would work.... Wink

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Post  VJ72584 on 6/12/2013, 2:42 pm

Thanks.  Those two added to the mushroom, cow and black hen, will make finding five kinds much easier.

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Post  drixnot on 6/12/2013, 4:19 pm

Well... the only thing I can say.... do you know for a fact that the man didn't add anything to that mix in order to get people to buy the more expensive product?

I know, I know.... I'm such a cynic.

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Post  VJ72584 on 6/12/2013, 4:43 pm

I know, but I don't think so.  I think he is just trying to learn as he goes. This is a really small town so I'm sure it's not easy to make a living in that store.  He said he is doing everything the same and actually suggested the Stout Ollie which was cheaper.  My idea was to mix them and try to get the best of both worlds.

Besides, his dad was a scout leader for many years, and he was an Eagle Scout and so far those boys have all made us proud.

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Post  ETNRedClay on 6/12/2013, 6:02 pm

If it were me, I'd take the two composts and find 3 more and call it done.

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Post  plantoid on 6/12/2013, 6:13 pm

Be careful... what you don't know is how much of the bag is forest humus aka wood based products and how well this has been composted before the other stuff was added .

The old saying , " Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar " , comes to mind .
 Cut the corners and you will most likely be sorry when you find your mix is deficient or has lots of nitrogen robbing still composting wood product in it thus making your mix very nitrogen poor .

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Post  camprn on 6/12/2013, 6:22 pm

I guess I need to be more clear in my response.... This would be a good ADDITION to the mix after you have found the 5 different types of compost..... But that's just me. If you open the bag and it full of wood chips, don't use it as Plantoid points out.

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