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Has any one ever used unfinished compost this way?

posted by: angieandwallace on 10.25.2008 at 04:31 pm in Edible Landscape Forum

Ok - here's the situation:

I receive loads of yard waste from an organic landscape company. Mostly lawnclippings, pine needles, bark dust, very small bits of shrub clippings, leaves (some big, but mostly mowed-up) all mixed together.

I DON'T want to have to turn and water the piles, and move the finished compost, and I noticed 2-3 year old piles have completely turned into soil, all without my "help" but I have not tried growing anything in them yet.

I am just having the company dump the waste in piles and terracing out the slopes. So basically the unfinished stuff is where it's eventually going to "live" in varying degrees of depth.

My question is, how long should I wait before I plant things in them, such as blueberries, strawberries, potatoes, acid-loving herbs, raspberries, etc? Potatoes grew in some straw/manure/bark chip/grass clippings that had only composted for one total season. This was kind of by accident - I was trying to compost the potatoes!! haha! What a neat surprise to find a garden full of growing potatoes!!!

But obviously berries are a big investment. Are the 2-3 year old sections ok to plant, even though the pine needles are not decomposed, but the grass and leaf clippings that were mixed in are?? How about piles that are only 1 year old - or ones I have just now placed in there permanent spot, but were just cut? Can I add a greater percentage of finished compost and thereby extend the finished compost and not have to buy as much?

Sorry I'm long winded.

Thank you!


PS - I know I have to stick to acid-loving stuff. You can't really get away from pine needles around here, so I figure if ya can't beat em learn to live with em!


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Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

posted by: gottagarden on 03.16.2011 at 01:19 pm in Iris Forum

More pretty pictures

iris "Gypsy Romance" - my favorite. this is not photoshop, colors are really that brilliant

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

Got the blues . . .

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

Samurai Warrior and blooms of 'ravenswin​g' cow parsley

From Iris 2008

iris samurai warrior in front of red barberry

From Iris 2010

baptisia australis(​wild blue indigo) makes a great foil for this particular iris - late and tall

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

iris Dover Beach - photo is inadequate to how gorgeous these were, and long blooming too.

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2008

From Iris 2008

prettiest flower of all (and look at the size of those blooms!)

From Iris 2008

BTW - I'm cross posting to cottage garden forum.


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Planting apple trees in the marsh

posted by: wireman54302 on 06.20.2013 at 09:59 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

My property is on the edge of marshland and it would be more convenient to plant the apple trees in the marsh.

We never have standing water in this area but the ground is always wet. I know apple trees don’t like wet ground so my thought was to fill in an area maybe 8 feet across and a foot tall with good quality dirt. Would the ground under the fill stay wet, and if so would it kill the tree?

The vegetation in this area is mostly grass peppered with cattails maybe 60/40 and 30 feet north it’s solid cattails 30 feet south no cattails at all.


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Free Garden Events

posted by: bud_wi on 08.01.2007 at 07:10 pm in Wisconsin Forum

Lammscapes is offering FREE seminars on such things as Container Gardening, Bareroot Planting, Outdoor Watercolor Painting, 'Dirt to Dreamland' Backyard Design. And kids crafts too. There is the Buckskinners Rendezvous and Encampment as an all day event held over three days.

Remember this is FREE!

Next up is Fall Bulb Planting, followed by a Fall Color Walk and then a seminar on Pruning Shrubs. Pumpkin Hayride and then a Santa hayride.

I have no connection to Lammscapes or anyone involved with them.



Here is a link that might be useful: Lammscapes Events


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Mark your calendar

posted by: janetpetiole on 04.18.2009 at 08:01 am in Wisconsin Forum

It's almost plant sale season. Here are a few for the Appleton/Green Bay area.

NWTC Horticulture Club Annual Plant Sale
Green Bay Botanical Garden May 1, 2009 at 9:00AM-3:00PM
Located in the shed behind the NWTC Landscape/Horticulture Education Center. Rare magnolias, variety of annuals, perennials and vegetables. All proceeds benefit the NWTC Horticulture Club.

PLANT SALE: Master Gardeners Plant Sale
at Ag & Extension Service Center - 1150 Bellevue St,
Starts on May 15, 2009 at 12:00PM
Ends on May 15, 2009 at 7:00PM

PLANT SALE: UWGB Heirloom Plant Sale
Lab Sciences Greenhouse
Starts on May 16, 2009 at 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, flowers, herbs, and lettuces. Visit for more information.

EVENT: 25th Annual Garden Fair
Starts on June 7, 2009 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM
A traditional favorite, the Garden Fair features over 100 vendors of garden plants, landscaping ideas, accessories, gardening demonstrations and presentations, music and food.


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RE: Annie's salsa mix...big hit (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: annie1992 on 08.06.2005 at 09:53 am in Harvest Forum

That's it, Patris!! I'll send a jar of my salsa to Oprah and she won't be able to resist us. Bwahahahahahah.....

And it only took me five YEARS and countless batches before I got it to the point where I love it. Piece of cake.

Here's the recipe. Note that I cut the vinegar way, way down and pressure cook mine. If you want to HWB it you may, but the vinegar will have to be increased to one cup. You can also sub lemon juice or lime juice for the vinegar for a different flavor (although I tried taking out the cider vinegar altogether and that wasn't right either).


8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
2 � cups chopped onion
1 � cups chopped green pepper
3 � 5 chopped jalapenos
6 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp pepper
1/8 cup canning salt
� cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
16 oz. tomato sauce
16 oz tomato paste
Mix all ingredients, bring to a boil, boil 10 minutes. Pour into hot jars, process at 10 lbs of pressure for 30 minutes for pints.

Makes 6 pints

Enjoy this, and happy canning.

Annie (blushing)


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