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I tested my compost a few days ago and it registered no nitrogen. It seems ready; only a few twigs are recognizable.  It is full of happy, wiggly worms.  Why??? My tests are over a year old-could that be it?  do I leave it for another season?  
 
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Compost shouldn't contain much nitrogen and the older it gets the less it will have, which is why we compost manure to reduce the N content before using it. On top of that most of the N left in compost is bound up in other molecules so your test probably can't detect what is there.
 
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What type of test did you use?
 
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Skandi Rogers wrote:Compost shouldn't contain much nitrogen and the older it gets the less it will have, which is why we compost manure to reduce the N content before using it. On top of that most of the N left in compost is bound up in other molecules so your test probably can't detect what is there.



How embarrassing.  You can see why I posted in "Gardening for Beginners" section.  I need to reread evetything about compost.
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Gray Henon wrote:What type of test did you use?


Just the rapitest; nothing  super high quality.

 
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Susan Mené wrote:

Gray Henon wrote:What type of test did you use?


Just the rapitest; nothing  super high quality.



Just out of curiosity, have you tried it on some putrified grass clippings or some other known high nitrogen organic matter?
 
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Gray Henon wrote:

Susan Mené wrote:

Gray Henon wrote:What type of test did you use?


Just the rapitest; nothing  super high quality.



Just out of curiosity, have you tried it on some putrified grass clippings or some other known high nitrogen organic matter?



That is such a logical, obvious thing to do. I'm embarrassed I posted my question without having taken that obvious step.  I must have stared at your question for a full minute before laughing out loud at myself.  
I am generally a creative problem-solver/see the whole picture/think-outside-the-box type of person.  Clearly, my brain had temporarily gone on vacation.



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Susan Mené wrote:

Gray Henon wrote:

Susan Mené wrote:

Gray Henon wrote:What type of test did you use?


Just the rapitest; nothing  super high quality.



Just out of curiosity, have you tried it on some putrified grass clippings or some other known high nitrogen organic matter?



That is such a logical, obvious thing to do. I'm embarrassed I posted my question without having taken that obvious step.  I must have stared at your question for a full minute before laughing out loud at myself.  
I am generally a creative problem-solver/see the whole picture/think-outside-the-box type of person.  Clearly, my brain had temporarily gone on vacation.





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