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Anonymous on
April 20, 2011

Q. Blood Meal

Do you think it’s ok to use actual blood in a garden in place of blood meal? Or would it be too highly concentrated? I plan to butcher our pigs soon and I’ve raised them in our future garden area. I probably won’t plant much in it for this year, maybe a patch of corn. What would grow good in the area? It is about 600 sq. ft. and I’ve had the hogs (3) in it since November.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 21, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Blood meal, which is essentially dried blood, is used often in the garden as a fertilizer that add nitrogen to the soil (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/blood-meal-fertilizer.htm), so using it is helpful in the garden.

There is one thing to consider though. With blood meal, you can have issues with animals being attracted by the scent and rooting around where the blood meal is spread. With undried blood, this issue will be even more likely as it will have a stronger scent.

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Asked by
S.Vincent on
April 22, 2011

Q. too much clay

What do I need to use to amend the soil in my front yard? I have discovered A LOT of clay.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 30, 2011

Q. Mushroom Compost

Where do I find mushroom compost?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 30, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Many home & garden centers sell mushroom compost. There are also numerous online vendors. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/mushroom-compost.htm

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Asked by
DG on
May 10, 2011

Q. What Should Mushroom Compost Look Like?

Just had compost laid in the flower beds. It is dark in color, dry and crumbly with what looks like shredded bark in it. It has absolutely no odor. I am taking a sample to the garden center. I believe this not to be mushroom compost. Comment?

Answered by
Heather on
May 10, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

That is what mushroom compost can look like. Mushrooms can grow in manure or on decaying wood or both, depending on the variety. When you get mushroom compost, you are essentially getting these substances after they have been well rotted during the mushroom growing process.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 18, 2011

Q. Mixing Sheet Rock With Dirt

Will sheet rock mixed with the dirt in my garden help or hurt? I have an acre garden, so it will not be a high concentration.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 18, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Drywall has fillers and binders, in addition to the gypsum, probably stuff you would not want in your soil, such as fiberglass and adhesives.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 2, 2011

Q. Dolomite

What does DOLOMITE do, and is there a substitute?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 3, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It is used to add calcium and magnesium to the soil and gypsum is a common substitute.

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Answered by
earthlady on
June 2, 2011
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To the best of my knowledge dolomite & or perlite are soil additives to keep your soil loose. Personally I don't like it in my soil mixes. You could use plain old playground or beach sand as an alternative. My beds are a mix of black dirt, peatmoss & sand. Peat moss will also keep your soil loose.
Hope this helps!
Earthlady

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