I went with the coarser, more mulch-like grade.
Tags: Farms, Phoenix, Singh, compost, garden
Albums: 2012 Garden
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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My preference is to mix the mulch with native soil, as much as 50/50. I've bought the coarse one and it was too coarse for what I wanted so sifted it and used the larger pieces as top-dress. Worked really well - that was 2 years ago.
I've also bought the finer grade and like that better for my beds. Again, I mixed with native dirt and usually a scoop of compost from Singh. That was probably 1 year ago.
Pioneer Landscape also sells a good product (Sandy Loam) and may be more convenient. Singh is Saturday's only and open just a few hours.
Today hubby went and picked up 'Mulch Mix' from Preach Building Supply in Sunnyslope. $14.50 for 1/2 yard. I'll mix it with the stuff that's been in the beds that last couple of years. I may be in good enough shape now and can just keep adding compost and top-dress to these beds for a good while. Get some worm activity in there.
for those who purchased from singh: how well has the compost held up? Would you recommend it?
I have purchased it twice (in the fall and in the winter). I was told that I could plant directly in it. I also purchased the bark chips. The only thing that I haven't had any issues with are my snap peas.
I have a variety of things planted (squash, cucumber, peppers), some from transplant and some from seed. Everything seems OK for a little while -- the seeds germinate, but the seedlings stay at the four leaf stage and don't grow any more. I planted summer squash transplants, and they have a bad leaf burn to them and though I irrigate well, they don't grow. I pulled one plant out, and it was still a small mass of roots. Even pole beans have had issues rooting and growing well in the compost.
I feel like I have to scratch both of my raised beds and mix something else with it. the compost has a tendency to get really hard below the surface.
I hope you have better luck than me!
after the truck was full I did a double take. Seems to me the higher quality I bought for planting directly (without mixing with soil) seemed to have more bark than I remember even the other stuff having but ( darn I forgot the name of the sweet guy helping me) He said I can mix but no need to at all.
I got the $45 / per scoop not the $30 per scoop.
SO for now I am using it in many ways and will hopefully be able to tell of the results.
It's still a bit early, but so far, so good. None of the plants have "burned up" yet. :c )
It is a bit woody, and difficult to work with. But the guy who loaded it said it would be the best kind to mix with my fine, clay soil.
If there is an application where I need less texture, I just sift it.
so I hope his compost is being back in good standing with this group. I am soooo tired of bags and borrowing truck tomorrow to get the planting ready quality. I am soooo tired of trying to recreate the soil I have I am going for the straight stuff ( and hoping it does not bring all the ants like the great sterilized steer manure did!
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