Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Compost Types- Toplef10Compost Types- 1zd3ho10

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.

Compost Types- I22gcj10Compost Types- 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Compost Types- Toplef10Compost Types- 1zd3ho10

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.

Compost Types- I22gcj10Compost Types- 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Greetings from a haggard mom
by MamaV Today at 10:32 am

» Drip Irrigation question
by sanderson Today at 3:12 am

» raised bed quanders
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 7:32 pm

» N & C Midwest: March and April 2024
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 12:58 pm

» N&C Midwest January & February 2024
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 7:15 am

» Seeds 'n Such Leap Year Sale
by sanderson 2/29/2024, 1:42 pm

» Kiwi's SFG Adventure
by sanderson 2/29/2024, 1:40 pm

» Sealing Barrels Flowers Struggling-Need Ideas
by Turan 2/29/2024, 12:07 pm

» Horsey poop
by MrBooker 2/29/2024, 10:56 am

» Calling all juice bar waste composters...
by KiwiSFGnewbie 2/27/2024, 5:21 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising 2/27/2024, 10:00 am

» Compost bins: Open vs. closed
by Scorpio Rising 2/27/2024, 9:59 am

» Famous Gardening Quotes
by sanderson 2/26/2024, 10:53 pm

» Hello From the Kern River Valley from Kernville, Ca
by sanderson 2/26/2024, 9:52 pm

» Mark's first SFG
by sanderson 2/25/2024, 1:36 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson 2/25/2024, 1:26 am

» Prefab compost question
by DMann 2/24/2024, 12:37 pm

» Starbucks for coffee grounds!
by OhioGardener 2/24/2024, 7:44 am

» Hello from Surrey
by sanderson 2/23/2024, 12:29 am

» Kitty Control
by sanderson 2/22/2024, 10:49 pm

» Western Mount/High Plains: Seed Planting Dates
by Turan 2/22/2024, 4:07 pm

» Jjean59 first SFG - 2024
by Scorpio Rising 2/22/2024, 11:00 am

» Winter Lag - Waiting for Sprimg
by sanderson 2/21/2024, 4:36 pm

» TDs 2024 SFG
by Turan 2/21/2024, 12:09 am

» Hello! From GA! Newbie
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 9:53 pm

» Sweet Potato Slips - Buy or Grow?
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 1:27 pm

» Seeds 'n Such Free Shipping
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 1:09 pm

» Ohio Gardener's Greenhouse
by OhioGardener 2/19/2024, 5:46 pm

» Hi from Central Oregon
by donnainzone5 2/18/2024, 5:50 pm

» Mealybugs?
by OhioGardener 2/17/2024, 11:02 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Compost Types-

4 posters

Go down

Compost Types- Empty Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 1/3/2021, 11:45 am

Hello,

I am new to SFG and I'm doing a lot of research on what to put into the 1/3 blended compost. I have the opportunity to purchase Coast of Maine Lobster Compost and Back to Nature Cotton Burr Compost. Are these products of good quality and would they count as 2 of the 5 types of composts? I am planning on rounding out the 5 with manure, mushroom compost and one other. I am planning on adding some worm castings as well. Am I on the right track?

Thanks!
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  sanderson 1/3/2021, 4:37 pm

Jam, yes, you are on the right track. The coat of Maine products and Mushroom composts usually have some peat moss in them so cut back a bit on the 1/3 fluffed peat moss to compensate. This is a good thread to read, especially the first long post: https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t7451-mel-s-mix-how-strong-is-your-backbone

It can be found in the pop-up "bubbles" on the left side of the home page.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 21466
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 75
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 1/3/2021, 5:35 pm

Thank you for your reply! I have started to look through your suggested post and I'm learning so much. This group is fantastic! Thank you for the information about adjusting the peat moss. I think the lobster compost is about 25% peat moss which I didn't think was too bad, but I am going to keep an eye on that when purchasing the rest of my compost types. I didn't even think about that with the mushroom compost!
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  sanderson 1/3/2021, 5:47 pm

Very Happy thanks

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 21466
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 75
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 1/6/2021, 8:20 am

Hello! I have read through the link and have a few more questions that I was hoping I could get some help on. I was thinking when making my blended compost I would use:
20% manure-mixture of cow and chicken
40% cotton burr compost
20% lobster compost
20% either mushroom compost or Ecoscraps/Dr. Earth 803
Add a few pounds of worm castings as well

My question is, can you still have a successful blend with mixed percentages when making your blended compost? For example, instead of the 5 types all being 20%, they are mixed as stated above. 

Also, would you recommend mushroom compost or something else like Ecoscraps or Dr. Earth 803?

I may be overthinking this (I tend to do this in general) but I am really excited and just want my first Square Foot Garden to be successful!

Thanks so much!!! Trying to plan early so I can hit the ground running in the spring!
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  OhioGardener 1/6/2021, 9:10 am

JAM23 wrote:I may be overthinking this (I tend to do this in general) but I am really excited and just want my first Square Foot Garden to be successful!

We do tend to overthink these things.  Having equal amounts of each of 5 different type never, ever happens.  Bags of "compost" are never just compost, but include inexpensive fillers such a peat, wood chips, etc.. I would try to decrease the percentage of cotton burr compost, though, since it is very rich and it also is great for water retention. Back in the day when I lived in Georgia, I used cotton burr compost as a mulch on the gardens because it retained moisture during the hot, dry summers.

____________________________

"In short, the soil food web feeds everything you eat and helps keep your favorite planet from getting too hot. Be nice to it."  ~ Diane Miessler, "Grow Your Soil"
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 4424
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKWnsWrs0RIcyIQD1_Z26g

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 1/6/2021, 10:00 am

Thank you for your quick reply! I have been noticing that about the compost and I will be trying to find some with the least amount of fillers. I have started a home compost but it won't be enough for this spring. I will cut back the cotton burr to around 20% and add both 20% of mushroom compost and 20% of Ecoscraps/Dr. Earth to hopefully balance it out. So much to learn and I want to get it right!
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  Scorpio Rising 1/6/2021, 10:58 pm

Welcome! 

 I completely agree, no one really ever gets the true “mix”.  But the closer we get, the better!  

Do the best you can, and take lots of notes.  You will learn a lot!  So glad you are here.  

Hope to hear from you lots, JAM23!
Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 8659
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 62
Location : Ada, Ohio

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 3/14/2021, 10:57 am

Hello again!

So, we are getting closer and closer to preparing our garden beds and the problem we have running into is not being able to find enough different types of compost (which sounds like a common problem these days). I am down to 4 main types plus worm castings. I will adjust the cotton burr compost and my percentages will look something more like this:

20% lobster compost
20% composted cow manure
30% cotton burr compost
30% mushroom compost
30 pound bag of worm castings

Does this sound like it will work well? Is there too much cotton burr and mushroom compost? I cannot get my hands on anymore lobster compost so the only other compost I could adjust would be the composted cow manure (by adding more). Anything else I should adjust?

Thanks to everyone for helping me finalize my garden plans!!
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

sanderson likes this post

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  OhioGardener 3/14/2021, 11:33 am

JAM23 wrote:20% lobster compost
20% composted cow manure
30% cotton burr compost
30% mushroom compost
30 pound bag of worm castings

That should be workable. I would probably change up the percentages for the cow manure and cotton burr so they would be 25% each, but either way should work.

____________________________

"In short, the soil food web feeds everything you eat and helps keep your favorite planet from getting too hot. Be nice to it."  ~ Diane Miessler, "Grow Your Soil"
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 4424
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKWnsWrs0RIcyIQD1_Z26g

sanderson likes this post

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 3/14/2021, 2:29 pm

Thanks so much! IF I could locate another source of compost, what would be one you could recommend? I think I might be able to get some leaf compost and/or Dr. Earth 803 compost (currently out of stock at my local nursery) as well as some chicken manure. I have seen Nature's Care Really Good Compost at a big box store about 45 minutes from me but I'm not sure if the drive is worth it. 

Any thoughts?
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  OhioGardener 3/14/2021, 3:22 pm

JAM23 wrote:Thanks so much! IF I could locate another source of compost, what would be one you could recommend?
.
.
.
I have seen Nature's Care Really Good Compost at a big box store about 45 minutes from me but I'm not sure if the drive is worth it.

Not sure what ones you have available in your area. In our area we have some good brands such as Timberline Organic Compost & Manure, Gardenscape Organic Compost, and Evergreen Organic Compost & Manure.  So, it basically comes down to what you can find in your area, and with the nation-wide shortage of available products.

Be careful with Nature's Care Really Good Compost. Last year I bought out the remaining stock at the local TSC during their end of season sale, for $1.59 per bag. Thought it was a good deal until I opened the bags to use it. It was full of plastic bottle caps, drink can pull tabs, wire ties, etc. I contacted Scott's about it, and they refunded the purchase price. But, I had to sift all of the compost before I could use it. Had over a gallon on junk out of the bags by the time I was done. That may not be a problem with all of their product, since they claim it is locally produced, but I probably won't be buying any more of it.

____________________________

"In short, the soil food web feeds everything you eat and helps keep your favorite planet from getting too hot. Be nice to it."  ~ Diane Miessler, "Grow Your Soil"
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 4424
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKWnsWrs0RIcyIQD1_Z26g

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 3/14/2021, 7:43 pm

Thank you for the information about the Nature's Care compost. I will pass on that and go with my current set up while keeping an eye open for the products you mentioned. Hopefully a few more choices will pop up in the next few weeks.
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  sanderson 3/15/2021, 5:39 pm

JAM, The Dr. Earth 803 compost sounds good. In CA, the Nature's Care Really Good Compost was one of my favorites. It could depend on the regional sourcing. I think you are good to go on your composts. Did you find coarse vermiculite?

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 21466
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 75
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  JAM23 3/15/2021, 6:14 pm

Yes. I have my course vermiculite and peat moss. If I can find Nature's Care Really Good Compost closer to home I will check it out. Otherwise, I think I am pretty much set! Starting building two 4x8 garden beds over the weekend and today we have snow! 

Thanks everyone for your help!
JAM23
JAM23

Posts : 207
Join date : 2021-01-01
Location : Illinois; Zone5b

sanderson likes this post

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  sanderson 3/15/2021, 11:30 pm

Standing by for photos.  New thread:  JAM's SFG ???

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 21466
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 75
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Compost Types- Empty Re: Compost Types-

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

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