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Sta-Green Potting Soil

Just a slight word of warning for anyone in the States thinking to save a few dollars by buying Sta-Green Potting Soil at Lowe's or your local nursery. It's pure cow/horse/donkey/goat shit. Granted, any potting soil has its fair share of manure but this stuff is still in solid, briquette "What is that poor beast eating?" form. I WAS going to re-pot some house plants with it but I don't want a tub o' turds on my shelves or tables. It's dense, too, so I can't recommend it for ivy or anything that needs freedom of circulation around its roots. The outside plants love it, though, and my mums, petunias, pansies etc...have doubled in size already.

Good stuff, really, if you can bring yourself to touch it.

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mamculuna
Apr. 18th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
If I couldn't touch manure, I don't think I could garden! Could you wet it and break it up into crumbles, or is it a brick, no matter what you do?
singeaddams
Apr. 18th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
I left the bag open to dry out and that helped considerably. I still use a scoop on it. (I'm such a princess.)
ravensgarden
Apr. 18th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know where you are located, but I purchased 16 2 CU bags when they were on sale, and all of them are loose and friable. No smell of non composting, no clumps.

I am thinking staygreen is not the same everywhere.
singeaddams
Apr. 18th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
I'm in North Carolina but I think I just got the 'extra special' bag. Ewwww....
ravensgarden
Apr. 19th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC)
From extra special farm animals.... *laughing*
etoile444
Apr. 19th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
I just bought one today, but I havent opened
it. If its crap I will put it in the garden. Lol.
singeaddams
Apr. 19th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Let me know what you find! Probably a small farm animal will jump out...
incorporeal_x
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
this post cracked me up a+
singeaddams
Apr. 20th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! I just had to share my pain.
virginiadear
Apr. 19th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Honey, around and before (and after, too, for a while) the turn into the 20th century, the beautiful vegetables being sold in the markets of Paris were being grown on beds 18" deep of pure "barnyard." Farmers or gardeners hauled their vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers into the city from their farms just outside the city, in horse-drawn wagons. The streets of Paris had to be kept clean, so the street cleaners were busily sweeping or shoveling "barnyard" from the streets and then had to have a place to dispose of the "dirt.". It got shoveled into the same wagons which had brought the vegetables to the marketplace, and when the farmers got back home they emptied their wagons' contents onto their fields. (In case anyone's curious, horse parasites---horses are supposed to get dosed with medicine on regular schedule to take care of those---are species specific and not considered a threat to humans, generally even if the horse manure is raw. I can't speak to cow, donkey/mule, goat, sheep, llama or alpaca as far as intestinal parasites and any danger they may pose to human [or human pets'] health.)
Growers swore by it.

Anyway, can you get this stuff to crumble and then mix it in with actual potting soil which is potting soil? Farfand's, Miracle Grow's, who-some-ever's?

I'm assuming you're wearing gloves, by the way? Er...leather ones. I'd recommend, though, that if you're really squeamish about working with this bag of what appears to be "barnyard" rather than potting soil as it's more familiar to you, then to keep your gloves nice and, ah, clean, you pull on a pair of heavy duty industrial rubber gloves over your regular gardening gloves.
coritiacus
Apr. 19th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
When my grandmother was little (20s/30s) the children in each street would follow the delivery carts on their rounds and fight over the leavings to put on their father's gardens. Bags of manure cost way more than bags of compost here, too.
virginiadear
Apr. 19th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
"Bags of manure cost way more than bags of compost here, too. "

About what I'd expect. It tends to be like that here, too.

Last year I had purchased some bagged compost and I can't begin to tell you how disappointed in it I was! I wouldn't use the stuff, because at least part of what was in it looked suspiciously like the incompletely incinerated crap from a charcoal cooker or a campfire.
I have two soil sieves, one quarter-inch mesh and one eighth-inch mesh, and I could have sieved out the bits of aluminum foil and whatever else was too large to go through the mesh, but whether the ash was wood or charcoal briquets, I just didn't want to add it to my garden soil and either contaminate it or screw up the pH or both.

I'm searching for a good, cheap, local source of horse manure. Er...bulk, that I can load into plastic storage tubs using my own shovel/spade, and take home and unload into the beds. I'm reckoning that if I bury it, "just deep enough," my neighbors won't have cause to complain and my vegetables will be happy.

"Leavings."
Love that!
ladycelia
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
Come to my house--I've got lots of manure. Horse, mule, goat, chicken...take your pick.
virginiadear
Apr. 19th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
*strikes a dramatic pose* How cruelly you torture me! *shifts voice to imitate Maxwell Smart* Missed being local by that much!

Actually, it's....what? Two mountain ranges, or one mountain range and one set of foothills to a different range, the latter nearer to me than the actual mountains?

Honestly, if I lived hours and hours of driving time closer I'd pick the horse "barnyard," with many thanks!
ladycelia
Apr. 19th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* I can totally hear the Maxwell Smart voice.
coritiacus
Apr. 19th, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
Might be worth asking at a local equine supplies shop if they know of anyone who'd let you do some "recycling" for them?
virginiadear
Apr. 19th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
H'mm.... We have a few riding/boarding stables within a reasonable drive and a horse racing track in the area; I might ask at those. (And I wonder what the county fairgrounds does with all the "barnyard" accumulated during the fair? I know they keep draft horses....)

Thanks! :^)
singeaddams
Apr. 20th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
o_O
virginiadear
Apr. 20th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
A thousand pardons if those are in order, ma'am: I'm not fluent in emoticonese. (And Gomez Addams often confuses me.)
wolfsilveroak
Apr. 19th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it was mispackaged, as actual manure for a garden is like what you're describing and potting soil is definitely quite different.

Maybe go back to the Lowes you got it from and let them know?
singeaddams
Apr. 20th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
Good idea. I'll also drop Sta-Green a line and tell them they need to hit puree a bit longer.
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