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Post  sanderson on 8/5/2013, 12:50 am

Bob,  Get well!

I started top dressing a week ago with my first batch of home made compost.  Then I built a second compost pile and I really like it better!  But it will be at least three more weeks before it can be used, so I will add an inch of the first batch now, and replenish the squares with the second.  I also have my hopes up for another 2' x 4' box real soon!

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Post  Triciasgarden on 8/5/2013, 1:00 am

Smart thinking!  They will be getting some nutrients now!

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Post  southern gardener on 8/5/2013, 1:21 am

cc: you're right that DOES sound like some awesome compost!! Audrey: We got a big old delivery last weekend, and a bunch of neighbors asked what we were doing. Well, yesterday, the neighbors got about 8 big loads and another neighbor got about 4! LOL...starting a trend.

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Post  greatgranny on 8/5/2013, 10:53 am

Have already noticed an improvement in the color of the leaves since I did the pruning and adding a bunch of compost. The sweet pepper leaves had started to look pretty yellow and now amazingly they are green again.

I am having a problem with watering. I still feel that rain is the best. It rained about an inch last night and this morning it seems like the garden took a huge breath of relief. I think I need a rain barrel.


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Post  Triciasgarden on 8/5/2013, 9:16 pm

I agree with you Greatgranny about rain water.  My garden likes it a lot better also and grows noticeably better with rain water as opposed to hose water.  I would love it if it would rain at least once a week here.

I would so love some of your east coasters gifts from the sea for my compost piles!  I should try calling some seafood restaurants and see what I can get.  I know I won't be able to get seaweed but maybe I can get the rest.

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Post  WriterCPA on 8/6/2013, 12:41 am

The problem with hose water can be chlorine. This stuff is deadly for some houseplants, bamboo in particular. Letting water stand for 24 hours before applying it to some indoor plants (or aquariums) takes care of any chlorine problems. Usually this is not a problem for gardens. (Pool water is a whole different story; the chlorine concentrations in it will damage most vegetation.)

IF you really feel your tap water is a a problem, you might invest in a few rain barrels to store water for low rain periods. The other alternative is to just let a bucket or two of tap water sit overnight with a good cover to keep out mosquitoes, and then hand water per the SFG technique.

Some organic gardeners consider chlorine a problem. I don't share their concerns, in part because plants do need some chlorine in their soil and the amount of chlorine in in a public system is too small to harm most gardens. Note: Perfectly good tap water can be spoiled by running it through deteriorating lead pipes in a home, so check the type and age of your water system and think about replacing lead pipes with copper or PVC.

If you're concerned about anything in your local water, call your water provider, they are legally required to give you their annual report on water quality.* You won't get that from a bottled water provider, who may just have gotten the stuff from his municipal water supply or has stuff in his "spring water" that exceeds the EPA safety limits for what comes out of the tap. (As a rule, I drink tap water, but I admit, I have always had the good fortune in NYC, San Francisco and Baltimore of lush natural reservoirs rather than surface water, like the Mississippi, which requires more treatment to clean it up for public consumption.)

*Most send it with one of the bills each year, but few people actually read it. The reports also are filed with your state environmental agency, so you can get the information from them.

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Post  camprn on 8/6/2013, 8:30 am

Good post writer CPA. I have found our municipal water report online. If anyone has more questions or would like to contribute to the municipal water vs. rain or well water conversation, there are multiple back threads about that subject.

Are any of you seeing benefits in your garden from top dressing with compost? I am, thankfully!


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Re: Top Dressing with Compost

Post  greatgranny on 8/6/2013, 8:54 am

@camprn wrote:Good post writer CPA. I have found our municipal water report online. If anyone has more questions or would like to contribute to the municipal water vs. rain or well water conversation, there are multiple back threads about that subject.

Are any of you seeing benefits in your garden from top dressing with compost? I am, thankfully!

Yes, camprn, I am.  I think having the rain water along with the pruning and then the top dressing has given everything a boost.


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