Zenais Buck wrote:I am making ALL my own everything from now on!
Patrick Mann wrote:I think it's premature to blame it on toxic compost - certainly based on the information available. I don't think it's unusual for a pile of compost to be bare for a season. Commercial composting is so hot that all weed seeds are killed - so you can't compare it to your garden soil which is full of weed seeds just waiting to germinate.
I had a similar experience after terracing my yard - it took about 3 years for things to really start growing well. My conclusion is that the soil food web was destroyed and it just takes a while to reestablish the complexity of soil flora and fauna.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau, Zenais,
You might want to look into Mycorrhizal-remediation for that garden bed, the fungi will do wonders cleaning up the poisons.
Peter Ellis wrote:Healthy compost does a great job of boosting your soil food web. The entire compost process is a culture of good soil biology. Nothing premature in wondering why compost is not growing stuff in one season. My home grown compost (or leaf mold, since I can never seem to get a hot pile going ) spontaneously produced numerous squash plants for us in its first season, coming right out of the pile
So yeah, if the place with the dumped off site compost is barren, and the beds where you used that stuff are underperforming compared to beds where you did not use the stuff - you likely got some bad compost. Time may heal all wounds and eventually the beds may come around, but that would not be evidence that the compost was ok.