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Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
May 6, 2020 12:22 PM CST
Wondering if we bought too much compost for our garden size.
Any experienced gardeners out there that might be able to offer their opinions?
Seems the spam filter still won't let me link to a video Confused
Here is the title of the video for a YouTube search:
" How To Start A Garden - Did We Buy Too Much Compost? - Interactive Gardening Help Request "
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Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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May 7, 2020 5:17 AM CST
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sallyg
May 7, 2020 7:07 AM CST
Just for kicks, because you do seem like a sweet couple, I found your video. The quality is much better than the first one.
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gardenfish
May 7, 2020 7:17 AM CST
I think you can never have too much compost. I say this because I use very large amounts every year, it seems to melt into the soil. It's all good. You can always put some back for later on in the summer or apply directly to the soil in the fall after gardening is over for the year to get a head start on next year.
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Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
May 7, 2020 7:49 AM CST
I can never make enough compost. I'm wondering if I had the raw materials if I could make enough. I have three bins that are 4x4x4 and one is completely full, another is halfway full. I can't remember ever getting all three full at the same time as I run out of greens. I post on facebook in our neighborhood page asking for untreated grass clippings and I get a few people that are nice enough to save them, but that dies out after a few weeks and I'm stuck back at needing greens. I had high plans to secure a source of spent brewery grains this spring to serve as a raw material, but the new norm has set that back quite a bit. Niece has horses and I'd like to go get some of the manure but not sure it would be worth the trip as I'd only be able to get a small load each trip and she lives a good 20 minutes away.

So I buy 5-6 yards of leaf mulch every year. This year I went with a zoo poo alternative and it seems to have more wood chips than anything which is sad because the zoo really markets the two companies that produce the zoo poo very well. I wonder if they know how much wood chips are in the compost? Still have hopes that the zoo poo will outperform the leaf mulch this season.

And you're right, Linda. You can add 3" of compost to the top of the bed and by the end of the season it's down to maybe an inch. So you are always topping off the beds with compost.
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Seedfork
May 7, 2020 8:00 AM CST
SimpleGardening,
Welcome!
I do not think you bought too much compost.
I did enjoy the video, and I did not think of your posting it here as advertising, but as promoting your gardening channel, and being this sight is all about gardening, I thought it very appropriate to post it here. To me is was like a member(which you are now) posting a video about their efforts to start a garden. I wish more members would do that! Ehhh...well members other than me.
I don't think it was really necessary to add the worms, but not being familiar with your region, it might have been. They just seem to appear on their own in my garden and in this area.
I found it cute and appealing, and look forward to more. I personally love little gardening videos and seek them out.
I don't buy compost, I make my own, I feel as you move along with your gardening you will go that route also. That is almost as satisfying as growing the garden.
I suppose in my opinion the only time you would have too much compost would be when you did not have room to store it. You can add to much compost to the garden at one time depending on the compost, but I think you were about right on with the first application you have made to your garden.
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
May 7, 2020 1:37 PM CST
thommesM said:Why does this message feel like advertising? A much better way to introduce your gardening channel would have been using what we call honesty.


@thommesM
I appreciate your candor. While yes of course we are hoping to have people visit our gardening channel; we are legitimately trying to learn the ins and outs of gardening from experienced people and do it all in a fun way that might help other newbie gardeners down the road as well. Certainly not trying to be deceitful in any way. We hope you give us a chance. Thank you either way.
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
May 7, 2020 1:40 PM CST
sallyg said:Just for kicks, because you do seem like a sweet couple, I found your video. The quality is much better than the first one.


Thank you @sallyg !
We also thought this second video was much better. Once again, thank you for all your advice after our first video! You truly offered a lot of resources!
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
May 7, 2020 1:55 PM CST
@gardenfish
@thommesM
@Seedfork
Thank you to all three of you!
When my partner and I were getting the compost, we were wondering if we put in too much compost it would unbalance the soil or otherwise make the conditions not ideal for the plants. Sounds like from these responses, that isn't the case (and there is no such thing as too much)!
Per other previous suggestions we have also started a compost pile, hopefully it'll produce some good material we can use this Fall/next Spring.
Great information and very relieving! Putting in all this work, we really want the garden to be successful!
Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
May 7, 2020 2:01 PM CST
Seedfork said:SimpleGardening,
Welcome!
I do not think you bought too much compost.
I did enjoy the video, and I did not think of your posting it here as advertising, but as promoting your gardening channel, and being this sight is all about gardening, I thought it very appropriate to post it here. To me is was like a member(which you are now) posting a video about their efforts to start a garden. I wish more members would do that! Ehhh...well members other than me.
I don't think it was really necessary to add the worms, but not being familiar with your region, it might have been. They just seem to appear on their own in my garden and in this area.
I found it cute and appealing, and look forward to more. I personally love little gardening videos and seek them out.
I don't buy compost, I make my own, I feel as you move along with your gardening you will go that route also. That is almost as satisfying as growing the garden.
I suppose in my opinion the only time you would have too much compost would be when you did not have room to store it. You can add to much compost to the garden at one time depending on the compost, but I think you were about right on with the first application you have made to your garden.


Thank you @Seedfork !
Truly truly appreciate the positive feedback! We hope these videos are as much fun for others as they are for us to make Smiling
We hope you'll subscribe to the channel and follow us all season long (and offer your advice to help us succeed)!
As for the worms, it was just one person that suggested that after the first video and we figured it couldn't hurt to try (hopefully) Smiling
Thanks again!
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 7, 2020 4:18 PM CST
You're very welcome! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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