Best compost for soils of Katy, TX

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by parupudi, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. parupudi

    parupudi Member

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    Hi,

    Anyone has any idea of what is the best suitable compost for flowers and vegetables for the soils of Katy, TX??

    I aerated my soil 2 weeks back and planning to do the compost/manure and mulch this week. Any quick suggestions and names would help.

    Thanks
    Pavani
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Any shredded and composted twigs, foliage, etc. Not peat.
     
  3. parupudi

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    Hi Micheal,

    Can i use Mushroom compost as they say it is good for flowers and also vegetables?

    Also, can i mix the grass clippings (Saint Augustin) of my lawn after mowing into soil to act as manure?

    Can i buy these at local stores like Home Depot or Lowes or do you recommed any other good locations?

    Thanks
    Pavani
     
  4. Liz

    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Re grass clippings might be a good idea to put them into a compost heap with lots of other stuff and turn regularly before using on a garden. Not sure how much nutrient the mushroom compost has so maybe add some cow manure (we can get it bagged over here] or chicken. Straw also helps the soil to become friable (sp). If you can, it is easy to make a compost bin. I use a large bin with a a dinnerplate size hole in the bottom. I then put leaf small stick a bit of straw in bottom. Household waste from potatoes etc. I also regularly interleave straw or wood shavings to keep the bin from going soggy. You could add lawn clippings in layers in the same way just not too thick. Keep your bin in the semi shade so it can not cook and have a lid on it. Mine is a loose lid. You may have to drill some air holes around the top side of the bin if the lid is a tight fit. I have worms that seem to come in from the soil. You may have to get some commercially to start the process. I use those blue and black bins that were used by industry that can be bought through garden outlets here. My bins can last up to 4 years before I tip them out for use. The contents are pure gold.

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