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Post  mckr3441 on 5/11/2010, 7:49 pm

Here's some interesting info about the ingredients in the "store bought" manure compost I've bought recently. I just checked all my bags.

Bovung Dehydrated Manure and Organic Humus contains:

  • not less than 51% Manure
  • not more than 49% humus from peat, compost (whatever that is), forest products, manure, and/or other organic materials

This was expensive: $8+ a bag

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MooNure contains:

  • Natural forest products, composted cow manure

This was cheap: a buck or two. There is no further information on the package about the materials or percentages. I don't like it. See below

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Earthgrow Organic Humus and Manure contains:

  • Not more than 90% organic humus derived from peat, compost (???), forest products, manure, and other organic materials
  • Not less than 10% manure

This also wasn't expensive I don't think, but...

...take a look at the differences in the ingredients here. The Bovung (pricey) had not less than 51% manure compared to not less than 10% manure in the Earthgrow. Who knows what was in the MooNure, except I can attest that it had stones, wood chips and sand or something looking very much like sand.

So it looks like I'm not getting nearly as much manure as I thought. Well, I won't be wasting my money on MooNure any more! The Earthgrow wasn't bad but so little guaranteed manure, plus peat. The Bovung also had peat.

I think next time I blend Mel's Mix I'm going to use less peat. I think I'm putting too much peat in the mix considering that the "manures" I'm using are full of peat too.

I can't wait till I have enough of my home made compost that I won't have to buy this stuff anymore. I'm going to get raw manures for my compost bins and just mix all the blended stuff in there.

Wish me luck!

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/11/2010, 8:09 pm

I can't wait till I have enough of my home made compost that I won't
have to buy this stuff anymore. I'm going to get raw manures for my
compost bins and just mix all the blended stuff in there.

You and me both !! I was at Lowe's today reading Black Velvet mushroom compost, its made by those that make black kow manure. I didnt find the black kow and thats what I was looking to read the ingredients. The mushroom compost was 4.87 I think. I have this vision of my "compost garden" a place where I can go to my different piles of poo and other composts Smile

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Post  aspiegardner on 5/11/2010, 9:05 pm

I've never heard of humus only compost and mine says 100% mushroom, 100% sheep and the cow doesn't give a percent.

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/11/2010, 9:23 pm

I've never heard of humus only compost and mine says 100% mushroom, 100%
sheep and the cow doesn't give a percent.

I want your 100 percent manures Smile lololololol The stuff I used from Lowes the first box I mixed on my own was 1.49 a bag, and when I felt it, it was just like black sand. I should have known, I questioned it but Im new at this what do I know. Having a blast at it too mind you. I want to put up a shady area to sit longer down there.
Well now I have horse stuff, but its still mixed with some things Im ok with that, I know 90 percent is poo. My son and I shoveled it ourselves and go back this week to finish that one stall. Two more to go after that, I feel like Im a 49er and on the gold trail Smile

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