Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Sprouted Onion Question
by No_Such_Reality Today at 7:01 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 6:40 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by sanderson Today at 6:21 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson Today at 6:11 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 6:07 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 6:00 pm

» Greenhouse dreams
by sanderson Today at 5:58 pm

» New England, December 2016
by CapeCoddess Today at 5:49 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by plantoid Today at 5:47 pm

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 5:05 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Today at 4:56 pm

» Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?
by llama momma Today at 2:20 pm

» 1,000 worms on their way....
by llama momma Today at 2:16 pm

» Garbanzo (Chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) and Kidney Beans
by llama momma Today at 1:59 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by Ginger Blue Today at 1:57 pm

» New Member
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:29 am

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:24 am

» Calcium and Magnesium Deficiency
by sanderson Today at 2:14 am

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:32 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:29 pm

» Facebook - SFG Foundation postings
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:32 pm

» Mid-South: December 2016
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:40 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:16 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver 12/8/2016, 5:21 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by donnainzone5 12/8/2016, 12:13 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by camprn 12/8/2016, 7:05 am

» GF Collard Greens, Kale Recipes
by BeetlesPerSqFt 12/7/2016, 12:49 pm

» Bon fires on the Levee
by Cajun Cappy 12/6/2016, 12:17 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:24 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:06 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Compost

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Compost

Post  Weedless_ on 2/28/2011, 10:59 am

So we started composting last season, and overwintered without adding much more, due to freezing weather. Yes, we have those in Atlanta, too, believe it or not. The compost has a few properties of the "good" compost: earthy smell, solid black color, and impossibility to recognize the initial ingredients.
However, it appears to be clumpy. It's definitely not loose. When you first open the bin, you see little marble size clumps, pretty uniform in size and shape. I first thought those are some fruit that didn't decompose. However, when you squeeze them between your fingers, they mash into a perfectly looking compost. In general it looks like it's a bit wetter than it needs to be.
Any ideas on how to make my compost loose and earth like? Do I need to run it through a mesh screen, or just pile it on the squares and start using without reservations?

I know there is no lack of information about composting out there, but I am looking more for personal experiences.

Weedless_

Female Posts : 233
Join date : 2010-05-23
Age : 44
Location : Prattville-AL, Zone 8

View user profile http://www.eatalready.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost

Post  camprn on 2/28/2011, 4:32 pm

You can run it through a screen of hardware cloth or just mix it in, as is, and the wormies will take care of it.

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13984
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost

Post  ribarr4 on 2/28/2011, 5:26 pm

I agree with campr. If you do screen it I would use 1/4" mesh if you have it. The finer stuff will just clog up. I did this for an 2 hours today, but I needed really fine stuff so I had to ran it through the 1/4" and then the fine mesh.

Good luck

ribarr4

Male Posts : 117
Join date : 2010-09-17
Location : Middle TN

View user profile http://www.green-cityzen.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost

Post  Odd Duck on 3/1/2011, 5:06 pm

Unless, like ribarr4, you need something very fine, I would just do like camprn and add it straight to the mix and let Mother [Nature] take care of it.

Odd Duck

Female Posts : 327
Join date : 2010-03-08
Age : 54
Location : DFW, TX, Zone 7b/8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost

Post  miinva on 3/2/2011, 1:26 pm

It may even be that if it dries out it won't clump up. You could take some out and let it dry out and see what happens?

miinva

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-04-29
Age : 47
Location : Central Virginia, 7A as far as I can tell

View user profile http://www.ungardener.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost

Post  Sponsored content Today at 7:15 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum