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28
Mar

Testing for 5 Key Compost Characteristics

by Organic Gardening staff We tested 30 brands and found that it’s a mixed bag. We asked Will Brinton, Ph.D., and the staff members of the Woods End Research Laboratory to test bags of compost from all regions of the United States. Products included composts made from cow, chicken, horse, and sheep manure; used mushroom…
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28
Mar

Buying Compost

We are kind of addicted to quality compost. There’s nothing better than opening up a bag of aged Green Mountain Compost and getting a whiff of the rich, fertile soil! But the smell is the least of it – there are lots of great reasons to use compost on your lawn & garden. If you…
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28
Mar

Organic Weapons

by Organic Gardening staff Andy Jones and Erin Hanley, managers of Intervale Community Farm, produce bumper crops by using a full arsenal of organic techniques, many of which can be used in the home garden: Build soil tilth and fertility by applying generous amounts of compost. Plant legume cover crops, such as clover and vetch,…
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28
Mar

New Do-It-Yourself Compost Test

by Organic Gardening staff Compost is the ideal soil conditioner because of its high organic-matter content: 30 to 60 percent. But we found that many bagged composts contained less than 30 percent organic matter (OM). As I studied our lab reports, I was amazed by the wide variation in the OM content of the brands.…
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28
Mar

How Much Compost Do You Really Need?

by Organic Gardening staff People get the idea that they need to bury their gardens under truckloads of compost to get good results; however, in most areas of the country, less than a half-inch-thick layer each year is plenty. Nitrogen is the main nutrient you need to provide your plants. Most edible crops need an…
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