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passiflora07
Fern Park, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 24, 2011
10:36 PM

Post #8448651

I swear I read somewhere that it's not good to add freshly made compost to a veggie garden, but now I can't seem to find the site I read it on. It said to wait an extra month or two after the compost is finished before using it in a vegetable garden. I can't figure out the logic in this. Hoping someone can enlighten me ;)
Thanks!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2011
11:40 PM

Post #8448674

But if the compost is finished, whats the point? I can't imagine why you would have to wait another month. Sometimes what you read is just wrong.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2011
10:24 AM

Post #8451410

I have been using freshly finished compost on my garden for years. I dumped some on two raised beds a few days ago, too. I even put fresh kitchen scraps into holes around the garden all summer so it can compost on the spot.
Garden_Sass
Central, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 31, 2011
6:23 AM

Post #8462267

I usually mix in compost 2 weeks ahead of planting seeds or transplants just to give the newly mixed compost a chance to "mellow" in the garden soil - less chance of burning roots if its slightly unfinished.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
8:20 PM

Post #8472677

I had heard that about some kinds of fresh manure, but never about compost.

Maybe they are afraid of weeds and want to give them time to sprout in the pile instead of in your garden?

Corey



sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 5, 2011
8:40 AM

Post #8473536

'Finished" in compost is such a grey area (ok brown)

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 5, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8473565

Personally, I consider compost "finished" when I can no longer recognize the individual pieces.

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