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mlm01
St. Louis, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 19, 2005
4:48 AM

Post #1480511

I bought some organic humus (not the kind with manure) from home depot. It is really moist and lumpy, and I have a hard time mixing it into the soil. Is it supposed to be like that?

Thanks,

Maureen
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2005
2:50 AM

Post #1488232

I wouldn't think so but don't really know. Humus should mix well with most soil IMHO.
mlm01
St. Louis, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 24, 2005
1:29 PM

Post #1493588

Thanks leaflady, I really don't know why it's so thick and wet, maybe it's the brand, who knows.

M.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2005
3:05 AM

Post #1495371

Leaflady,

I think most bagger goods can get quite wet which makes the contents wet and lumpy. There may be tiny holes where the stitching is or somewhere else on the bag. All it takes is a few holes and the water can seep intot he bag. You can tall by the weight when you pick it up. Also, they get very compressed all stacked up on a pallate.

Gitagal
mlm01
St. Louis, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2005
11:00 PM

Post #1497191

Gitagal,

That sounds like exactly what happened to my humus. I have been trying to dry it out in the sun *shrug*

I bought it at home depot because it was so low priced, guess that's what I get for being cheap! ;-)

Thanks,

Maureen
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2005
6:27 AM

Post #1509905

Am I overcritical or do you think they might be selling it by the weight?
drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 31, 2005
2:03 PM

Post #1510240

It's important to remember that humus is basically the final stage and most stable stage of the 'breakdown' of organic matter. Under certain circumstances where humus remains wet it can be almost gelatinous. True humus serves many functions in soil, one being 'aggregation' of soil particles. This is humus serving as a type of glue to bring smaller mineral particle together forming larger 'aggregates' that allow for better water penetration and air circulation in soils. Humus also serves as a sponge for water in soils, so as Gitagal stated, the breather holes in the bag could very well be the reason for the high levels of moisture in the product you purchased and it is the job of humus to hold onto that water. If you'd like to make it easier to incorporate into your soil, empty a bag out on the sidewalk or driveway and let the sun bake it for a day. It will break up nicely and be simple to mix into your soil.

best of luck to you,
Don
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2005
2:36 PM

Post #1510300

Thanks Don. A little bit of education from you goes a long way! I appreciate it.

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