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Post  Vash_the_Stampede on 3/17/2014, 6:24 pm

Hello all,

In my search for 5 different types of compost for my MM, I went to Tractor Supply Company and saw a bag of Readi-soil. It says it is "All Natural, planting soil with worm castings". It does not have a list of ingredients like your typical bagged compost.

From the looks of it it resembles fine soil, though I didn't smell it, it felt clean with no woody components.

Anyone have any additional information or think this would work for MM? I'd post a link but I'm too new.  Razz 

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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/17/2014, 6:48 pm

Around here, almost every compost I can find is heavy with peat, generally listing it as the first ingredient, occasionally the second. Since Mel's Mix already includes peat as one third of the mixture, be wary of adding more by way of adding compost without a decent idea of what's in it. You might find yourself in the same situation I am in -- putting too much peat into my MM if I'm not careful.

Having too much peat may not cause much harm directly(though it can be a bit acidic, if I recall correctly), but in excess it isn't good because of the healthy compost it takes the place of. Peat-heavy compost will be less nutrient-dense, as the peat itself supplies no nutrients.

I wouldn't buy anything not well-labeled.
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Post  sanderson on 3/17/2014, 6:59 pm

I looked it up on line.  It suggests that it is worm castings from worms fed on fruits and vegetables.  But it also seems to indicate that there is dirt involved. ??  But in SFG we don't use dirt.  So, I don't know what to suggest except to contact them:
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If it is really fruit/vegetable worm castings, then it should be good as 1/5 of your compost.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/17/2014, 8:16 pm

It seems odd that something that was worm castings wouldn't be advertising that front and center and charging a big premium for it. Doesn't it sound like another of those instances in which they can mention worm castings but that doesn't mean there's more than a trace of them?
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Post  sanderson on 3/17/2014, 8:21 pm

You'd think!

I just bought a short 5-gallon bucket of homemade castings for $8.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/17/2014, 8:25 pm

Pretty nice, especially the home-made part. The stuff that's been sitting out in the sun all summer in an airtight bag, it's hard to imagine that has much worm-gut goodness left in it.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 3/17/2014, 8:28 pm

Marc, make an outing to Milwaukie, OR, to Concentrates http://www.yelp.com/biz/concentrates-milwaukie (very near to Bob’s Red Mill).  They carry bags of pure worm castings, as well as bat guano, fish meal, fish bone meal, shell fish meal, chicken feather meal, chicken yard compost, Steer compost, and more, and even more.  We in Oregon are very lucky: we can find lots of sources for our SFG endeavors.  Best of luck, Nonna

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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/18/2014, 7:47 pm

Good suggestions, but unfortunately, in Southern Oregon anyway, every place seems to be far away from every place else and takes too much in gas money to make the drive worth it. The nearest town of any real size costs me almost 20 bucks to drive to.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 3/18/2014, 9:07 pm

Good point.  We'd not get down to your neck of the woods much if it weren't for the fine wineries clustered thereabouts.  PapaViino, you know believes in going to the source!  Have a good growing season.  We enjoy your posts.  Nonna

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Post  walshevak on 3/18/2014, 9:17 pm

Wineries???   See if you can find the post on winery press leftover used in compost.  That would add something.

My mix from commercial sources the first year were too heavy on manures, but I sure had some good veggies.   Cow, chicken, pig, forest products, and mushroom compost. I'm expanding some now and found some seafood and crab/shrimp shell compost.  This spring will be the first time using this.  And I found a source of LLama manure.


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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 3/19/2014, 1:03 pm

Crab and shrimp shell meal is something I tried last thinking it would be a good source of trace minerals and calcium for tomatoes, etc.  Even with a late wet summer, we had a good amount of lovely tomatoes and no blossom end rot.  Will use the meal again this year.  Nonna

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