need warm compost
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Author:  andyveni [ Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:23 am ]
Post subject:  need warm compost

I am looking to buy warm compost for my yard and veggie
garden. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I live in flower mound so any where in DFW is ok with me

Thank you

Author:  northwesterner [ Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: need warm compost

The City of Fort Worth has several distribution points for it's rather course compost (they put in a lot of chipped up tree branches and such from parks, and there may be some of the city curbside compost grass clippings in there now--but I don't know that for sure). Every time it rains you'll find the piles of free compost steaming for several days after. Dig into the pile and that wonderful warm smell of working compost greets you.

Those piles are for personal consumption and technically for Fort Worth residents, but there is no one at these points asking for your water bill. Also, some of the Fort Worth recycling drop-off points accept household recycling from surrounding communities, and they also have piles of compost off to the side for people who want to shovel some into their vehicle.

Ask around and I'm sure there is something on your side of town like this.

Author:  user_48634 [ Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: need warm compost

What is 'warm compost?" Is that a typo?

Author:  northwesterner [ Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: need warm compost

I assumed they were asking for compost that is still working, so there is some heat to it. Perhaps they're looking to kick start another compost pile?

Worm castings or other products are another matter.

Author:  wormrancher [ Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: need warm compost

He wants vermicompost to help his yard. I wish I had enough to supply him, but a large yard's worth of vermicompost is a LOT of vermicompost to come up with.

I would suggest regular compost for such a large area--what about you guys?

Author:  northwesterner [ Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: need warm compost

Many garden centers sell bags of worm castings. I suppose the thing for a large yard is to localize the castings around specific plants, if the cost of buying a lot of it is prohibitive (it would be for me). I've used worm castings in the past, but nowadays mostly use my own backyard compost in my veggie gardens. This would be the "garden variety" (pardon the pun) versus worm or other commercial types.

Author:  wormrancher [ Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: need warm compost

My personal opinion...I would advise regular compost over "worm castings". While vermicompost (what the red wigglers are still living in and decomposing) is teeming with beneficial micro-organisms, worm castings found online and in nurseries are typically the end stages of a worm bin or trench that is going into decline in beneficial micro-organisms.

Unless you are a large scale worm farm (some of the California vineyards do this), it would be difficult to fine enough vermicompost for a large yard. Regular Compost would be your next best bet.

Ranking them, for benefit and value it would be:
1) Vermicompost
2) Compost
3) Worm Castings

A little vermicompost goes a long way in helping unhealthy plants, seed germination or boosting production (of say, a fall tomato plant or new fall transplant)--but wide use in a yard would be hard to fulfill, unless used as a vermicompost tea.

Author:  user_48634 [ Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: need warm compost

Is that warm worm compost :lol:

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