Re: Regional compost recipes?

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Posted by Newt on January 26, 2003 at 18:26:46:

In Reply to: Regional compost recipes? posted by DanR on January 23, 2003 at 08:10:11:

: I'm looking for compost recipes using some ingredients found only in certain areas (seacoast, desert, etc.) that produce very good results with a particular plant or family of plants (brassicas, crucifers, etc.) Anyone know of such a thing??


Hi Dan,

Yes, I have heard of using what's available. I live in Maryland and when my DH goes fishing in or near the ocean I always ask him to bring as much seaweed as he can find on the beach for my compost. I also know of people who use crab shells in their compost. I know of folks who use horse manure in their compost and aged manure in their garden where they can get easy access to farms. Then there are those who have access to lots of leaves or newspaper or cardboard. I once met a woman whose husband was a marble sculptor and she used the marble dust in her garden. One person I know used the castings from leather production and another used sawdust in her compost because she lived near a mill. Those that live near Starbucks get coffee grounds for free and the list goes on. Basically, whatever is available and works.

Eliot Coleman has written several books and is a 'guru' of soil. Here's one that might interest you. Here's an excerpt from his book 'THE NEW ORGANIC GROWER: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener':

"Farm-Generated Fertility - how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available. "

Here's a link to the book
http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/main/books/books_eliot2.html

He's also written 'The Four Season Gardener'. He and his wife live in Main and garden four seasons. Here's their site.
http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/default.html

Garden Web also has a forum called 'Soil, Compost and Mulch' where you might want to do some reading to see what folks use in different parts of the country.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/soil/

Regards,
Newt

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