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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/9/2013, 5:06 pm

I checked my Envirocycle tumbler today and discovered a tiny green seedling.  Does this mean the compost is FINALLY ready?

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Post  camprn on 8/9/2013, 5:19 pm

LOL, it means you have viable seeds in there. Turn it again and when stuff stops growing, it should be ready.

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Post  llama momma on 8/9/2013, 5:20 pm

Well...Donna it certainly means it is good for that particular seed. Smile 
Typically the compost pieces are unidentifiable as you already know.  Honestly my 18 day Berkeley heap after curing was still lumpy compared to the long composting method and the plants I have top dressed with it appear rather happy with it.  Maybe you could try top dressing something and see how it does?
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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/9/2013, 5:26 pm

I'm getting impatient to plant some lettuce, spinach, parsley, etc. in my original bed, which really needs homemade compost to level it off.  

Perhaps I could start some radish seeds in that compost?  What do you think?

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Post  llama momma on 8/9/2013, 5:32 pm

Sounds good to me!  Radishes grow fast right? So you should see fast results.
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Post  plantoid on 8/9/2013, 5:41 pm

Tomato seeds seem able to withstand all but the hottest of composting & the vilest of situations .

 One of the compost bins ( contents to be used to dress the for compost  comfrey area and some trees )  had neat dog much added for several months last year  whilst the newly built dog muck digester was settling down to everyday operations .
I noticed today that in the layer of composting dog muck there are several small thriving tomato plants . Our mutt just loves nicking sweet Sungold toms off the vines if he can get into the glasshouse ..... looks like he succeeded yet again.
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Post  camprn on 8/9/2013, 5:53 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:I'm getting impatient to plant some lettuce, spinach, parsley, etc. in my original bed, which really needs homemade compost to level it off.  

Perhaps I could start some radish seeds in that compost?  What do you think?
If you think it looks and smells ok, and you think it's done, even if it is a bit lumpy but you can break up the lumps go ahead and use it.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/9/2013, 5:56 pm

Camprn,

It's smelled good for a long, long time now!  Once it got stinky when I added too much water, but adding browns solved the problem in a couple of days.  

Guess I could try it!  I'm still a newbie at composting.... And I'd rather not have to combine 5+ bagged composts, unless I absolutely have to.

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Post  camprn on 8/9/2013, 10:21 pm

Go for it. If you didn't include any composted manure in your compost, I encourage you to think about adding that to the new mix as well as the homemade.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/10/2013, 12:36 pm

No, I didn't include composted manure in my homemade batch, although it's in my MM.

I was under the (mis)impression that one should use fresh or nearly fresh manure in one's own compost.  I do have easy access to llama and chicken.... not to mention a blend that includes cow.

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Post  camprn on 8/10/2013, 12:57 pm

Well, yes, you should include fresh or nearly fresh manures when you are building the compost pile so it all composts together. You can add llama and bunny berries directly to the garden or the compost pile for a nitrogen boost. Fresh chicken, cow, horse, etc manures and shaving should go into the newly building compost pile.

I suggest to add some composted manure or the llama manure to the garden if you didn't include any in your all done homemade compost. Any nitrogen from composted manure that you may have added previously to the MM is likely to have been used up.

At least, that's what I would do. Wink 

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/10/2013, 1:17 pm

Thanks, Camprn!

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Post  camprn on 8/10/2013, 1:29 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:Thanks, Camprn!
Any time. I want you to have success! Good luck!Wink 

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