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Old 01-31-2011, 01:44 PM
ICT Bill ICT Bill is offline
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Straight compost is fine unless you are trying to correct another long term issue at the same time
for instance if there is puddling or compaction issues you may want to work on soil structure and getting some air down into the soil by adding 20% to 30% sand or if the site just stays too moist adding compost may hold even more water

the analysis of that compost seems fine, usually good finished compost is below 1% N but it differs depending on the mix

good finished compost should not smell like anything really, but may have a simple earthy smell, if it smells like ammonia, manure, rotten eggs it is either not finished or has gone anaerobic, which means the anaerobic microbes have consumed most of the nutrients and the compost has putrified, not great if you are trying to grow stuff
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