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Hello from Seacoast NH

Post  marya on 4/27/2015, 7:58 pm

Hello all,

Since I am unfamiliar with soilless gardening I am so glad I found this site.  At my old place I had several raised organic beds but my new location I'm starting from scratch so ....  table tops seem to be the most logical if I want veggies this summer.  Just started putting together my first table top bed.  Yeah!!  Went out in search of items for Mel's mix today with some luck I found a local nursery who ordered course vermiculite for me (not cheap ugh).  I also found 3 types of compost; mushroom, cow and lobster.  I read somewhere here or in the book that manure is manure so I still need 2 more kinds, any suggestions?   thinking 

Also if there are any more square footers in my neck of the woods I would love to chat
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Post  quiltbea on 4/27/2015, 8:19 pm

Hello and welcome from the southwest part of Maine.  We're somewhat close, but not exactly neighbors.  You'll find answers on here so ask questions as needed.
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Post  sanderson on 4/27/2015, 9:23 pm

Marya,  Welcome to the Forum from California!  glad you\'re here   You are in a Region with quite a few active Forum members.  The simple fact that you found vermiculite and 3 sources of compost is really a big step for a Newbie.  Congratulations!  rock on   Your "neighbors" should be able to point you to 2 more.  I am really excited for you.  Table tops!

The members read topics in different regions, so please feel free to reply to any topic.  We are a family.

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Re: Hello from Seacoast NH

Post  camprn on 4/28/2015, 7:05 am

Howdy from So.West NH. Manure is manure, but composted manure is gold for the garden. Feel free.to use two different manure compost to round out the blend. And if you can find another to replace the mushroom compost that would be ideal. Mushroom compost isn't full of nutrients like the others.
Try Riverslea farm for goat/sheep compost.

http://nh.craigslist.org/search/grd?query=compost

http://nh.craigslist.org/search/grd?query=manure

What town are you in?

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Post  Tilth on 4/28/2015, 10:02 am

marya, another glad you\'re here  to the forum from California. It is a great place to gain information and meet new friends. If I could make a request: Please take pictures of your Table Tops as you construct them and post in the forum, along with your thoughts and reasoning. I think it will not only benefit you but many here on the forum as that is what we are all here for... knowledge, and the benefit of others experience. Thanks.
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Re: Hello from Seacoast NH

Post  boffer on 4/28/2015, 11:01 am

Welcome to the forum.  My compost blend is nearly 50% manures (cow, chicken, horse), but less than 20% each.  The other 50% is grass, leaves, veggie and plant scraps, and mushroom compost.

One reason often mentioned for limiting manures is the possible accumulation of excessive salts.  But, with normal watering, they easily flush out of a good draining TT, and I've never had a problem.  I've had my MM tested several times, and salts were in the acceptable range.

If you go here, about half way down the homepage, you'll find the majority of threads regarding gardening in your neck of the woods.

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Post  marya on 4/29/2015, 9:18 am

Thank  you all for the warm welcome and input.  I found a possible resource for Llama or Alpaca compost (not sure which one they are) just a couple of miles or so from me.  I will stop at the farm sometime this week and see if they are an organic farm and if they would allow me to take some aged stuff also a craigslist find for chicken poo again have to verify organic.  Once I start getting my land mapped out I'll get a compost pile started.  I also found another possible resource for mixed compost locally called "Seacoast Farms Organic Compost" production.  But.... they allow drop off of waste products for composting and not quite sure how they can verify the dropped off waste is organic.  I'll have to check with the state organic farming chapter to see if they qualify as organic.  If they do, yahoo!!!! 

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will continue to read, read, read

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Re: Hello from Seacoast NH

Post  CapeCoddess on 4/29/2015, 9:50 am

Hi Marya! Sounds like you're off to a great start with your finds and your research on the alpaca / llama and chicken poo. That along with rabbit poo would be my choices if I used manure.

Pop on over to the New England thread sometime and see what we're all up to. We'd love to see photos of your garden. I'll bet you and NHGardener are pretty close neighbors.

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Re: Hello from Seacoast NH

Post  sanderson on 4/29/2015, 1:59 pm

Marya, Seacoast Farms Organic Compost looks pretty good to me. Have you "Googled" it?

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Re: Hello from Seacoast NH

Post  Kelejan on 4/29/2015, 3:01 pm

glad you\'re here Marya happy hi

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/30/2015, 10:09 am

Hi Marya. Welcome from Atlanta, GA. (and occasionally from Keene, NH)

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