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Source of compost. Will this work?

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Re: Source of compost. Will this work?

Post  Furbalsmom on 4/26/2011, 3:36 pm

Wendy really great news about the response of your veggies after just one day, so glad you are seeing a difference so soon.

It is so frustrating when you don't get the results you expected after being so meticulous in following the directions. Very glad to see the turnaround.

Looking forward to seeing new pictures in a week or so.
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Post  ashort on 4/26/2011, 4:34 pm

Wendy HS wrote:Just to send an update incase it can help anyone else from making the same mistakes.....
Try your best to find a source of compost that is homemade at a farm or somewhere if you don't have any of your own, try not to buy it at the local stores. I meticulously read the New SFG book, took notes, typed up notes, re-read again, looked at pictures, went online and double checked everything and then I went out and bought my compost from Lowes and Walmart in the bags. I found a variety of 8 different kinds and mixed everything correctly, but my garden was failing, things just weren't growing like they should. As I researched and talked with people here, I narrowed it down to lack of nutrients in my garden, even though I did everything correctly. The composts that they sell in the bags just didn't offer enough nutrients and my garden was suffering. I knew that had to be the case because everything I planted outside of the boxes in our existing soil was doing good. I did not do anything to the things I planted outside the boxes, we just planted them and put a little bit of horse manure and shavings (not even composted) and those plants are all growing and doing well. I ended up finding a source of homemade compost from a local farm and top dressed all of my squares yesterday and I can't believe the difference in just one day. Everything in the boxes has perked up tremendously. I looked over my garden really good yesterday before I top dressed it and everything was looking really dull and or dying, there was no beans on my bean plants and I swear there is a little bean already 1/2 inch long. The tomato plants were definetly dying and they are already turning back green and healthy. I am going to wait a week and then get pictures to compare the difference. Stay tuned. I am so excited now that I think maybe my garden can be saved!!!!!!

WOO HOOO!!!!

On another note - is it time to start the compost database? Smile
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Post  Miss M on 4/26/2011, 11:39 pm

Wow, I'm so glad I didn't end up having problems with my garden... I got most of my compost from Lowe's and Home Depot... but I did look at the ingredients, and avoided any that had peat moss anywhere near the beginning of the list. Black Kow composted cow manure, Black Velvet mushroom compost, Back to Nature composted chicken manure, Back to Nature cotton burr compost, and Gardenese compost & manure (ground and composted forest products, mason's sand, composted barnyard waste).

I got one compost at a nursery - the cotton burr compost, which I'm not sure is really that nutritious (just think about cotton husks).

After reading all of this, I feel like I dodged a bullet. My garden is going nuts.

A compost database would be great -- brand name, ingredients list, observations, etc. If it's measured by weight, then how did it work out cubic foot-wise, and so on.

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Post  Barkie on 4/27/2011, 5:19 am

@ Wendy

I could hear your sigh of relief from here. I'm glad to hear that you got a good source of nutrients in the end.

So far my ingredients for my compost blend will be my own garden compost, some old horse poo, bags of commercially produced organic green waste compost, composted horse, Farmyard (cow) manures, organic chicken pellets and dried seaweed meal. I know one of the bags contains 70% pure manure (I assume the rest of it is wood shavings or straw) but some of the bags are not labelled and I'll assume they contain peat, a peat substitute, shavings or straw.

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