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12 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying Garden Compost In Bulk

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John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to Veteran Compost in Aberdeen, Maryland to share with you 12 Questions You should ask before you buy compost in bulk.

In this episode, you will learn how to determine if bulk compost in your area is good or not. You will discover how to determine if you should buy it or not. You will learn how they create world-class compost and what to look for when you are looking to purchase compost from a local soil yard, composting facility, transfer station or retailer.

You will discover some of the most important questions you should ask before you buy compost to ensure you get a better quality compost. There is no legal definition of compost, so you may be purchasing biosolids,w manure-based compost that can contain contamination, as well as compost that is more like a mulch.

You will discover how a good quality compost is made in Maryland and how some of the steps of the process that is being used are what you should look for when buying compost in your area.

Finally, John shares the proper moisture level of compost you should buy and why it should not be too dry or too wet.

After watching this episode, you will learn some of the most important questions you should ask when buying compost in bulk to ensure you have a healthier and more productive garden.

Referenced Episodes:
Original Veteran Compost Facility Tour

Best Compost in Texas (Nature’s Way Resources)

One Compost Your Not Using that You Should

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Oldstuff Man says:

are you drunk?

Shamus O'Leary says:

Someone in Phoenix got BLOWN UP😅😅

NorthEast Native says:

this is why i love john 18:33  , <3

Cogito Ergo Sum says:

Hey guys, it safe to add in a little compost to dirt for germinating & growing seedlings?

Rich Laue says:

I also would want to know what temperature do they let the pike get to before they turn it.
If the pile doesn't get hot enough it will not kill the bad things.

Sweet Vuvuzela says:

Each compost will be different depending on the feedstock how much air it has moisture levels etc make your own reuse reduce recycle grass clipping, coffee ground, kitchen scraps autumn leaves. Home made food tastes better same way home made compost is better

social3ngin33rin says:

@john, what is a good company to send our own compost samples for testing? I think it would be very interesting for us to have our own compost/worm bin contents analyzed 🙂

Not necessarily. My university can make great broken down compost, outside, in ~30 days 😛 They turn each pile (a few cubic yards) 3-4 times during that time.
@20:45 I know they're doing it on a small/moderate industrial scale, but that uses electricity and adds to the carbon footprint. I know this is focusing on compost but it would be interesting to zoom out a little and look at compost as part of a gardening system for food production, as a method to reduce carbon emissions in the food sector.

DIY Life says:

The problem with nonorganic vegetables and fruits used for compost, that they can also be irradiated, not just GMO or full of round up. Pineapples are almost for sure irradiated as rules do not allow tropical fruit to cross USA border without it. Now I do not put non organic craps into my compost anymore, unless they are from farmers market.

Steve Levario says:

to get the fungal based compost you will need cow and chicken manure. That is what fungi like to grow on.

BaltimoresBerzerker says:

What!? I now live in Aberdeen Maryland! Thanks. The internet came up with very little on compost. I wonder what the usually oppressive regulations are here?

Jay Vlugt says:

Hey John, do you have a video explaining how pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, synthetic fertilizers, fumigants, GMO food scraps and other toxic conventionally grown food scraps are broken down to make organic compost? Thanks

CryptoChris says:

Great video John! Thank you for the info!

Buster Brown says:

Hi John,
Do you do intermittent fasting or restricted eating window?

Little Lee Gardens says:

I'm not sure John, I worry about the plastics being composted. So many chemicals are used in plastics that don't decompose or just go away. There is an issue right now with a river a few towns away that has been contaminated by a plastic company nearby which has contaminated that water supply for everyone that feeds off of it. The chemicals are so hazardous that they do not filter out with any system, even RO, and they cause cancer and other major medical problems. I don't eat meat or dairy either, but I'd feel at least safer with well composted manure being used and broke down for that time period than I do about plastics right now. Thanks for all the info on how this is all done, it really opens your eyes to see the process.

Tara Webster says:

Love the shirt!

void main void says:

Very accurate and educational information thanks to share !

The best compost it's your homemade one !

Vivian Flanagan says:

Good info thanks

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