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How to Buy Good Quality Compost

A local farm dumps manure/bedding in a field all winter long. In the spring there appears a sign "Free Compost". Don't be fooled. It may be free but it is not compost. Compost is organic matter that has been mixed to the correct carbon: nitrogen ratios received oxygen to encourage the movement of aerobic microbes. This movement creates heat which when over 131 degrees will kill pathogens and weed seeds. A big pile of manure/bedding would have to have temperature monitored over at least 15 days and turned at least 5 times to destroy weed seeds and pathogens. Yes, there are many people that do like to add aged manure to their gardens, as long as you understand the difference....

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Late Blight in Madison County

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but late blight is in Madison County. Please be on the look out for it. Keep your tomato plants well pruned and up off the ground for circulation. Even though I just pruned mine 2 weeks ago they had already become overgrown with side shoots. I spent this morning trying to get them back in shape by pruning and staking.

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