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Post  newbox on 8/19/2014, 7:41 pm

I found a place that sells compost, upon my questioning i discovered that the compost has bark,peet, sand,pine. I was wondering what else would i need to add to this compost in order to make it a good mix. Any advise would be great. Thanks
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/20/2014, 1:12 am

Pine what? Wood? Needles?

Sand has no nutrients, and neither does peat. It sounds like the rest is wood, which is very low nitrogen. If your compost is too woody, it can suck huge amounts of nitrogen out of the soil in its decomposition process, leaving too little for your plants. Unless there are more ingredients than what you've mentioned, in considerable amounts and well-decomposed, it sounds more like the sort of soil amendment people use to help build up soil structure when they have really poor soil, like heavy clay soils.

Do give it a good look-over, running it through your hands to check particle size and soil consistency, before seriously considering buying it. And find out for sure what other ingredients there may be, in what proportions.

Around here almost all the composts are very woody, and I've learned the hard way to be very cautious.
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Post  camprn on 8/20/2014, 11:52 am

@newbox wrote:I found a place that sells compost, upon my questioning i discovered that the compost has bark,peet, sand,pine. I was wondering what else would i need to add to this compost in order to make it a good mix. Any advise would be great. Thanks
I wouldn't us this mixture at all in my SFG. Have you read the posts at the hover button on the left side on the main page of this forum?

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/20/2014, 1:03 pm

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/20/2014, 3:21 pm

+2!  You want to make sure you get the best compost you can.  NOT doing so will lead to disappointing results - you know - garbage in, garbage out...?

Don't ask how I know this...   Embarassed
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Post  Windmere on 8/20/2014, 8:14 pm

+3 ... I had to put in my own 2 cents.  Plants need nutrients from a variety of sources.  It's almost like thinking of your compost like a multivitamin.  Provide first rate compost and you will get first rate results.  I also know this the hard way.   Embarassed
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Post  sanderson on 8/21/2014, 10:59 pm

+4 I also learned the hard way. Embarassed To answer your question as to what else you need to add to this purported "compost," the answer is real compost. Compost is made from once-living things that have broken down to the point where they release their nutrients for use by new living plants. Sand was never a living thing, so draw a line through that.

In addition to what Camprn suggested that you read, go to the home page, scroll down to Compost, Discussion. "Compost 101" and some others topics discussing what folks make their compost from. After reading, and finding some possible compost mixes, let us know and we can help fine-tune your finds.  Very Happy 
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