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InvisibleSwami
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Benefits of compost?
    #582170 - 03/18/02 11:45 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

My cat is using Dr. Bluethumb's compost and is getting good colonization, but no fruits yet. From what I could see, I would recommend his product for those looking to try compost.

However, there is the cost issue. I can get birdseed in bulk for $0.33/lb. and the compost for $2.70/lb. From a purely economical stance, I would need to get almost 9 times the yield to justify the compost over cakes or cakes / casings.

Also using compost may add a week or more to the time until fruiting.

So unless my cat is trying to impress his friends with the larger fruits, are there any reasons why he should continue using compost after his initial trial?


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Re: Benefits of compost? [Re: Swami]
    #582192 - 03/18/02 12:06 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

If you shop around, you can get a way better price on compost. The stuff i get is only $1.05 for 40lbs of it. So yeh, mail ordering the stuff is spendy, but if you find a local source, the cost per results is greatly inproved!


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Re: Benefits of compost? [Re: night train]
    #582224 - 03/18/02 12:31 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Its true what you say. It doesnt make sense if you have to ship it. As good as the stuff is, you wont get a 9x increase of yield. To see big fruits is nice but I'd rather get a bale of straw for $2.00. Straw is one of the cheapest substrates. A bale is more than you can use in a year, if you cook pillowcases every week.
According to Stamets and others, a casing with a 6" substrate depth can yield 3 dry ounces per square foot. Nightrains store bought looks excellent too, some of the nicest, most natural looking fruits I've seen.


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Re: Benefits of compost? [Re: black_dove]
    #582245 - 03/18/02 12:50 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Nightrains? I don't know the reference.


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Re: Benefits of compost? [Re: Swami]
    #582401 - 03/18/02 03:59 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I dont have the pics but theyre in the pics archive less than a couple months ago. Just a clear rubbermaid with a good thick layer of store bought compost, and just some huge monster shrooms coming up out of it.


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Re: Benefits of compost? [Re: Swami]
    #582403 - 03/18/02 03:59 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I dont have the pics but theyre in the pics archive less than a couple months ago. Just a clear rubbermaid with a good thick layer of store bought compost, and just some huge monster shrooms coming up out of it.


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Re: Benefits of compost? [Re: black_dove]
    #583229 - 03/19/02 12:29 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

So where did you get this compost thats so cheap and produces such great results night train? I'd love to get my hands on some


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Re: Benefits of compost? [Re: kayaman9]
    #583356 - 03/19/02 02:30 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

It's at Lowe's for $1.05 for 40 lbs. Check out the Sack-o-Shit Tek on my site, there's even a pic of the bag of compost.


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