Homemade versus Store Bought…
What’s the Difference?

It’s no secret: we love compost. It’s why we spend so much time refining the complex recipes for our compost and soil products – to make sure you (and your plants) love it as much as we do. It’s also why we spend a lot of time educating people on how to create compost in their own backyards. Because even though it may seem counterproductive (some of home composters may never buy compost from us), we believe compost has a big role to play in building a strong community. And if you’re not going to get compost from us, we want to make sure that you’re aware of what goes into healthy soils at the very least, so you can make an informed decision. Because not all compost is created equal; and if you’re not paying attention, you can very easily end up with an inferior product.

See what Organic Gardening Magazine has to say about it:

Unlike homemade compost, which comes from a mix of kitchen scraps, garden wastes, grass clippings, and leaves, commercial compost is often based around a single material, such as manure. A single ingredient doesn’t typically compost properly, unless other materials are added. And because it takes time and money to buy the materials and mix them in, commercial-compost makers don’t always add them.

Another major difference between homemade compost and commercial products is the size of the piles. It’s much more difficult to maintain proper moisture and aeration in long commercial windrows, which are often 8 feet tall and 16 feet wide, than in a 4-square-foot backyard pile. As a result, commercial-compost piles that aren’t carefully mixed and maintained can result in poor-quality products.

Dr. Brinton predicts that we’ll see more dry or dehydrated manure products come onto the market. These products often claim to be fully composted, but our tests showed otherwise. “Drying out manure is a shortcut for producers whose main goal is to dispose quickly of excess manure from large animal-confinement facilities,” Dr. Brinton explains. “Such dehydrated manures can still be valuable in the garden, but only if they’re properly labeled so that consumers know to use them at lower rates than mature composts.”

Reprinted with permission from Organic Gardening Magazine

We encourage you to make your own homemade compost – we even work with CSWD to offer backyard composting workshops for free! But just in case it’s not for you (or in case your plants need more!), we’ll keep making our premium quality compost in the meantime.

All of our products are fully composted, and composed of a diversity of ingredients – like community food scraps, sustainably harvested peat moss, and organic fertilizers, to name a few – that are crafted to deliver the maximum benefits to your lawn or garden. We run tests and growth trials on every batch to prove it!

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