Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2003 8:38 am Posts: 784 Location: ,
Lowes HAS started carrying Mushroom compost and that is one of the best kinds of compost. If you don't need a lot, this comes in a nice managable size of a bout a cubic foot or two.
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I'd recommend using bulk compost whenever possible. The bagged compost can often times set-up an anaerobic environment that can do unpleasant things to the compost. It can cause harm or even destroy the beneficial bacteria that the compost is supposed to provide. Bags are convenient but not always the best for your plants. For high quality bulk compost I'd suggest that you try Soil Building Systems. Also, I have had no luck with mushroom compost, as a long-term and sustaining solution.
Joined: Tue May 20, 2003 4:33 pm Posts: 526 Location: parker county, texas
My favorite for compost bought in bags is the Organic Rose Blend. I think it's made by Back to Earth or Back to Nature, or something like that. Comes in a red and white bag and is great stuff. I have used the composted cotton bur compost, but it seems to attract termites everywhere I use it.
Dan, if you want completely finished compost that runs through your fingers like potting soil, then try rich earth. I don't know if it is sold in your area. I buy it from Garison gardens in Plano. If you want something a little ruffer, your local city compost will probably be rough black and hot. That stuff at lowe's might as well be labled landscaper's mix.
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2003 8:15 am Posts: 964 Location: Odenville,Alabama
I'm not a big fan of any commercial composts, especially mushroom compost. Homemade compost is definitely superior to any commercial compost, mainly on aerobic microbial populations alone. Some homemade composts are higher in beneficial nitrates than others. It's all based on the quality of the organic material ingredients, and the process of composting the stuff. Hot composting is the way to go for best results. Many commercial composting factories don't use a hot composting process.
Mushroom compost can be too acidic, or too salty, or too strong for some sensitive seeds for germination.
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