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Post  walshevak on 3/31/2011, 8:26 pm

Had to make a trip to Va. Beach today and my truck thinks it has to pull into all the nurseries. Since my local supplier of mushroom compost decided to stop carrying it, I thought I'd just check other sources. Big bust! But one nursery directed me to this product - Nutri-Green Compost - and directed me to this web site http://www.hrsd.com/aboutnutrigreen.htm Since I also need some compost for my new flower beds, I picked up 2 bags. And the price was reasonable $3.99 for a 40 lb bag. But I'm wondering if I should take a chance when mixing my 5 way blend for second crop enrichment.

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Post  camprn on 3/31/2011, 8:29 pm

I would not use it in my vegetable garden but I may be persuaded to use it in the flower bed. I would want to do a test run in a small area.
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Post  Chopper on 3/31/2011, 8:37 pm

After reading it I would certainly consider it. Especially as you are having a hard time finding a variety of composts. It says it is for use in vegetable gardens so heck - worth a try.

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Post  Chopper on 3/31/2011, 8:40 pm

@camprn wrote:I would not use it in my vegetable garden but I may be persuaded to use it in the flower bed. I would want to do a test run in a small area.

Why not? I am interested in what decided that. Because it is wastewater derived? This is a serious inquiry, not a judgment. I am finding it hard to write this in a way that evokes interested curiosity and not a "you are wrong" vibe but it is interested curiosity only. LOL.

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Post  walshevak on 3/31/2011, 8:49 pm

This statement particularly intrigued me.


On July 30, 2007, HRSD received certification from the United States Composting Council (USCC) Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) Program for its Nutri-Green® Compost product. The product is tested according to the STA requirements using approved program laboratories. Nutri-Green® Compost is in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations and must remain compliant in order to remain in the STA Program. HRSD will make test results available to any person, upon request, using the STA Program's "Compost Technical Data Sheet". The Compost technical Data Sheet includes a list of product ingredients and analytical test results

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Post  camprn on 3/31/2011, 8:49 pm

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@camprn wrote:I would not use it in my vegetable garden but I may be persuaded to use it in the flower bed. I would want to do a test run in a small area.

Why not? I am interested in what decided that. Because it is wastewater derived? This is a serious inquiry, not a judgment. I am finding it hard to write this in a way that evokes interested curiosity and not a "you are wrong" vibe but it is interested curiosity only. LOL.
Good Job Chopper! The inquiry is valid and non-judgemental. Thanks!! Very Happy
I have a friend who works at the wastewater treatment plant in town and we've discussed the fabulous things going on in the industry.
However, knowing what a lot of folks tend to pour 'down the drain' I do not want residual antibiotics, bleach or liquid plumber, etc going into my vegetable garden. I am not particularly trusting of wastewater sludge/compost, I would have to read the data sheet to for more info.
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Post  walshevak on 3/31/2011, 11:34 pm

The link to the test results is in red on the statement. Even after reading a few of the test results, I don't have a clue what the results mean except the compost passed and met certain standards.

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Post  middlemamma on 4/1/2011, 12:27 am

@camprn wrote:I have a friend who works at the wastewater treatment plant in town and we've discussed the fabulous things going on in the industry.
However, knowing what a lot of folks tend to pour 'down the drain' I do not want residual antibiotics, bleach or liquid plumber, etc going into my vegetable garden. I am not particularly trusting of wastewater sludge/compost, I would have to read the data sheet to for more info.

Dang I wouldn't have even thought of that. Thanks Camp.
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Post  camprn on 4/1/2011, 4:40 pm

@walshevak wrote:The link to the test results is in red on the statement. Even after reading a few of the test results, I don't have a clue what the results mean except the compost passed and met certain standards.

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Well for one thing, the most recent analysis reported is 15 months old. It speaks to the organic make up of the product, (2-2-0) but is totally silent about any other substances that may be found in trace amounts. I don't even know if I would use it on my flowers without a report with more transparency. I want the total chemical analysis of the product.


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Post  dizzygardener on 4/1/2011, 4:50 pm

You couldn't pay me to use that stuff anywhere near my food crops, but then again I tend to be overly cautious by nature.
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Post  Odd Duck on 4/1/2011, 5:24 pm

I'm with camprn, flowers, but not food. Unless they are doing fecal coliform counts on every batch of compost, doing heavy metal analysis on each batch, doing antibiotic residue tests on each batch (by the way, NO ONE can afford to do those tests on every batch), then it's not going in with my veggies that I'm planning to eat. JMHO

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Post  walshevak on 4/1/2011, 5:59 pm

Ok, you confirmed what another nurseryman and I had decided. I just wanted to get more opinions. I'll use it on my shrubs and trees. That's why I only bought 2 bags. And good news, my local nursery decided to continue carrying mushroom compost. Just got back from a run out to the store and came home with 2 bags and 2 bags of black kow. In addition to my 5 blend mix for replenishing later in the year, I'm trying to reclaim 2 flower beds in the front of the house. Last tenants neglected it completely.

A quick stop at Lowes also netted me a sale on Bonnie 4 cell veggies. Lowes got a delivery on Mon and we had a serious frost Mon night. All the 4 cell Veggies were marked down from $1.88 to $.99. Marigold 4 cells $.47 and petunia large 4 cells $1.00. I went for red lettuce seed and came home with red sails transplants, swiss chard transplants, and habenero pepper transplants. A litttle frost damage on the outleaves, but the centers and under leaves were in good shape. Too late to plant today, but tomorrow is supposed to have some sun.

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