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Post  LisaRae on 3/30/2014, 3:30 pm

Trying to finish my SFG today! My boxes are all ready and I've got my peat moss and coarse vermiculite, but I'm having a hard time finding 5 different compost sources.   So far I have earthworm casings,  mushroom compost, cow manure and some local stuff called organimix which is made from alfalfa, oats, straw, cotton seed, corn silage, organic yard trimmings and cow manure.  What else should I look for? Any suggestions?
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Post  sanderson on 3/30/2014, 4:43 pm

Ecoscraps Compost is made from wood and vegetables. Don't know if it has shown up at your local Home Depot, but in a pinch, I have been using it this spring. Can't wait to get my Berkeley compost pile going, but first, a trip to the coast for some sea kelp to add.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/30/2014, 5:06 pm

I'm not positive but that Organimix with those ingredients you listed looks like something that you might be able to double up on and count as 2.

Anyone else see it that way?

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Post  sanderson on 3/30/2014, 5:21 pm

Would I use it as 2 sources to get started and I just couldn't find anything else?  Yes.

Could be worse, right?  Oh, like what I did.  I used Kellogg's because it had at least 5 things listed in the ingredients!   Embarassed It also had lots of wood chips that weren't composted plus peat moss!  I played catch up all season.
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Post  walshevak on 3/30/2014, 11:53 pm

Composted chicken manure (commercial source - Black Hen, Chickety Doo Doo) might make a good addition to your total mix.  I noticed the Organimix has cow manure in and you have a separate source of cow manure.  But the list of other things in the Organimix would count as 2 in my book.

I use a 20 lb bag of chicken manure to a 50 bag of cow manure to mix into my bag of mushroom compost and bag of vegetable source compost.  

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Post  camprn on 3/31/2014, 7:02 pm

Hey Lisa, someone in your area just today posted free compost on Craigslist.
https://chicago.craigslist.org/search/gra/nwc?zoomToPosting=&catAbb=gra&query=compost&minAsk=&maxAsk=&excats=

Try your local free cycle too. Also, if you stop into any grain store and ask, you may make a connection with a local farmer.

Contact your local 4-H or Extension service, maybe they can connect you with folks with local compost.

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Post  km87508 on 4/19/2014, 8:07 pm

Maybe try calling your local coffee and donut shops and see if they'd part with their coffee grounds?
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Post  brainchasm on 4/19/2014, 8:34 pm

@sanderson wrote:Would I use it as 2 sources to get started and I just couldn't find anything else?  Yes.

Could be worse, right?  Oh, like what I did.  I used Kellogg's because it had at least 5 things listed in the ingredients!   Embarassed It also had lots of wood chips that weren't composted plus peat moss!  I played catch up all season.
All of the Kelloggs stuff is soooo bad, ugh.  Never again.

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Post  sanderson on 4/19/2014, 9:24 pm

I don't think coffee grounds are compost per se, but they are an excellent source for making your own compost pile/cage. Starbuck's is the most willing source.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 4/19/2014, 9:30 pm

Brainchasm,

I agree that most Kellogg's products are worthless for our purposes.  However, one product, Kellogg's Patio Plus, is fine for bulbs, flowers, and container plantings.  But never for a Mel's Mix ingredient!
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Post  sanderson on 4/20/2014, 1:03 am

I found a nice use for Kellogg's. I used it this spring as mulch for the front flowers. Well, it does have a lot of wood in it!
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