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Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s
    #1793991 - 08/08/03 11:53 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I bought some of this stuff, pasturized, let sit overnight and tried to spawn but it's really thick and super hard to get the water out. I tried adding verm to it but that doesn't seem to be helping much. The water content seemed a lot heavier than normal but i'm hoping it will be ok. Does anyone have any experiences with this stuff? How do you drain out all the water? This stuff is thick, will the mycelium even colonize it?


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1794017 - 08/09/03 12:04 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

yep, it'll work. it helps if you use a lot of spawn, mix in some vermic, and also use straw. afoaf uses this ratio 1/3/3/1 spawn/compost/wheat straw/vermic, and hasn't had a problem yet. To get the water out afoaf just put the bag of shit on oven rack over sink and presses down.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: flow]
    #1794244 - 08/09/03 01:36 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

yeah, I did about a quarter or more vermiculite and the rest compost. I used a half a quart of spawn for a rectangular bread loaf pan that was 3 1/2 inches deep. I had a hard time getting the water out, I think this round may fail or contam just because there's to much water. I will try this again next week if i'm not getting good enough results.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1794295 - 08/09/03 01:58 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

My foaf only had worthwhile results when mixing storebought shit with straw. But that's just his opinion.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Demiurge]
    #1794323 - 08/09/03 02:13 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I have no straw, only the compost mixed with verm. I used the PR strain with rye berry spawn.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1794895 - 08/09/03 10:42 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: World Spirit]
    #1795074 - 08/09/03 01:03 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I live in an urban environment, how strong are the "aromas" from the baking of the scotts and just its storage?
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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: ar393]
    #1795197 - 08/09/03 02:01 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I think that stuff is already spent. Never used it, but that's what people here said.

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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1795447 - 08/09/03 03:48 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

i also had decent luck with scotts 3 in 1, however i always ended up with bugs after a few flushes, dont know about home depot's but id say its worth a shot if its all you can find and you can prolly help out some people by letting us all know your results!

Good luck! :thumbup: 


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Darkmoon]
    #1796529 - 08/09/03 10:24 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

It's just cow dung based compost, it's definatly not spent, it's more fresh than anything. I normally use just regular dried horse dung but I have to travel a ways to get it so I bought some of this stuff. It seems to be working ok, i've seen pictures of people who've used it on this webpage and have had as good of results as i've seen.. it's just really thick and super hard to get the water out. Next time I will definatly be using straw with it, i've used straw mixed with dung in the past and it works great.. but then again I may just go back to horse dung and collect a whole ton of it, it's a lot easier to work with and a lot lighter.

Ar393, don't bake it man, pasturize and just squeeze the water out on an over rack, push hard until no more comes out of the pillowcase. Pasturize at 170 for 45 mins.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1796540 - 08/09/03 10:29 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

i never pasturized my scotts 3 n 1 only mixed in some verm and water but that was only because a few people were trying the same with decent results. like i said i got about 2 flushes usally depending on the size of the container. then the little buggies came.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Darkmoon]
    #1796547 - 08/09/03 10:31 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

That's why the little buggies came, because you didn't pasturise. I'm suprised you got that lucky and didn't get wasted by contams or bacteria. You have to either pasturise or sterilize the stuff, that is manditory.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1796564 - 08/09/03 10:39 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

check it out. you have the good stuff. AFOAF used and worked awesome when mixed with straw but would expect it to work fine without. After pasterized sqeeze the water out next time before taking out of the pillow case. straw at michaels for 5 bucks.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1796597 - 08/09/03 10:53 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

this was about a year ago and there were a lot of posts and experiments going on with scotts 3-in-1 because it could be used straight from the bag, with very good results considering. 

for $3.99 i just poured a bag in a sterlite container ( i believe 32quart or so) and added 2-3 pint BRF cakes, about 2-3 weeks later i cased the top with some verm/coir and got 2 very decent flushes.  it was worth trying, definatly not as good as the horse poop i get from the horse pastures behind my house  :wink: 


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    #1799576 - 08/10/03 10:52 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Yeah I squeezed and squeezed and squeezed and the water just never seemed to wanna come all the way out, I even twisted the bag a lot.

But check it out!! Not even 2 days after spawn I have a TON of growth!! Like a half inch of mycelium extending out past the innoculation points. Only problem, when I open my incubator I get a slight smell of the sweet scent bacteria gives off, it may be nothing because when I pulled the compost out of the pillowcase it smelled the same way, I don't really think the dung was actually composted that much. But fuck, it's working!! We'll see what happens, even if it is a failure I have a lot more spawn left, only way to learn is from your mistakes. Next time i'm gonna use some straw with it, Wal-Mart was out this time. I think the verm is helping out a lot though.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1799587 - 08/10/03 10:56 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

how did you innoculate it?


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    #1799600 - 08/10/03 11:00 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Ok, i'm using the big bread pans.  13 inches long, 7 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches deep.  Mixed in a half quart of Rye spawn, mixed probably 1/4th to 1/3rd of the compost with verm after pasturising the compost alone.  Hopefully the verm won't make it contam, I don't think vermiculite is really capable of carrying contams inside of it anyway.  I always steralized my casing material and PF jars with verm in it, i've never used it any other way. 

So that's it, the Rye spawn is taking off.  :smile: 


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1801408 - 08/11/03 01:34 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Dude, this stuff is taking off. I'm feeling a little better about it now, still no slowing in the growth so the bacteria doesn't seem to be present.


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Snobrdr311]
    #1804149 - 08/12/03 02:32 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

kick ass, can u get any pics?


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Re: Home Depot compost, has anyone ever used it? I have a few ?s [Re: Darkmoon]
    #1804633 - 08/12/03 06:18 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

you should have sterilized the verm. it can carry contams just like anything else. Wait did you sterilized the verm you mixed in with your compost or not? If you didnt you better cross your fingers =D but good luck!


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