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NE Arkansas

Just wanted to hear everyones ideas on what they think is the best compost to use in the gardens of giant's! I have been using compost horse and alpaca manure. I've managed to move my organic matter up from next to nothing to 8%. I'd like to hear others thoughts on compost and organic material.

1/29/2019 10:32:22 PM

wile coyote

St. Paul, Minnesota

I am using Back to Nature Chicken compost that is supposedly odorless. Have to keep peace with the neighbors. Otherwise I would use Sustaine Turkey manure. The smell is bad from Sustaine.

1/29/2019 11:13:31 PM


New Berlin,NY

I use composted plant, as well as Chicken, Horse, and Sheep.

3/25/2019 10:01:50 AM


Battle Ground Washington

We like to build our compost from grass clippings, chicken litter, shredded mapel leaves and garden left overs. We stir it regularly and let it cook for about 1 year.

3/27/2019 2:29:20 AM

Glenoma Kins

Kibordmonki, WA

Dairy goats might be good. But adding hydroxide is what really makes good compost. Breaks down faster/ more completely. Calcium hydroxide. Unless your soil is alkaline then you're already set. Wood ash is great or a cement mix.

3/27/2019 4:49:18 PM

Glenoma Kins

Kibordmonki, WA

Water here is 6.0 ph... so a ph boost helps.

3/27/2019 4:54:12 PM

Big T Hoff

Hadley Ny

Not many dairy goats around here. Pasture scrapings, horse manure, pig shit shredded leaves and grass clippins and whatever you have for fish carcasses

3/27/2019 5:55:26 PM


Buffalo, MN (Billsbigpumpkins@hotmail.com)

Be careful what you put on your patch, make sure it is fully composed and no weeds are growing from it. When I started growing I just had a few common weeds to deal with. I started putting on every type of compose I could get to help loosen my soil. Now I could remove the weeds one day an
have to repeat it the next day. Even using roundup I can't keep up.

3/27/2019 6:38:16 PM


Oak Grove, Mn

I am a believer in forest product compost. It takes many years for it to reach application consistency. The benefit of it is that it promotes fungal microbiology vs bacterial microbiology. Tip, that i received from the current tomato WR holder.

3/27/2019 8:06:36 PM


Rapid City, SD

best compost is the stuff you make yourself

3/27/2019 9:23:38 PM


Anamosa, IA BPIowegian@aol.com

I get municipal compost from Cedar Rapids. They use the leaves they vacuum up in the fall, chipped up wood and other stuff. They have it analyzed regularly and post the results on the web. N,P,K,Ca, Mg, B,Na, Cl, S, OM PH, etc. It helps me manage the nutrients I add.

3/27/2019 9:51:27 PM

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