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Post  wife1mom2 on 4/6/2014, 1:37 pm

Lowe's sells a product that is called Nature's Helper Organic Soil Conditioner made of regional forest products and compost. Is that what Mel is referring to as a "wood blend"?

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Post  yolos on 4/6/2014, 1:49 pm

Normally a soil conditioner is used to improve the structure of the soil and is not used to improve the nutrition.  The compost is what feeds the plants.  The peat and vermiculite improve the structure of the soil.  So if you are looking for one of the compost types, I don't think a soil conditioner is what you want.  Except you say forest products and compost are the ingredients so ????

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Post  wife1mom2 on 4/6/2014, 1:52 pm

Thank you for the reply. Basically, I am just trying to figure out what "wood blend" (to go in the Mel's Mix) is. I have worm castings, Black Cow, Black Hen, and Mushroom compost. I hope that will be enough for the Mel's Mix.

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Post  yolos on 4/6/2014, 1:59 pm

My local nursery does sell a compost made from forest products.  But it is sold as a compost and not a soil conditioner.  I think the only difference may be the size of the particles in the soil conditioner and the extent of decomposition.  My guess is the soil conditioner may not be composted enough and has not broken down enough to use for nutrition.  You could buy a bag and get a look to see how big the particles are.

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Post  camprn on 4/6/2014, 2:11 pm

Actually compost is a soil conditioner.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_conditioner

Wife1, it may be suitable. Did you read the label and find specific ingredients?

I would encourage you to look for other composts and go back to this one in you are in a pinch.

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Post  walshevak on 4/6/2014, 8:58 pm

@wife1mom2 wrote:Thank you for the reply. Basically, I am just trying to figure out what "wood blend" (to go in the Mel's Mix) is. I have worm castings, Black Cow, Black Hen, and Mushroom compost. I hope that will be enough for the Mel's Mix.

Because of the amount of nutrients that I KNOW are good that you are using, I would give it a go if it is finely ground and looks more like soil than wood chips.

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Post  camprn on 4/6/2014, 9:17 pm

I encourage you to keep looking for one or more composts to go in your Mel's Mix. It's a proven fact that if you skimp on the MM your garden may have less than desired results.

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