Help! Did I make a terrible mistake?

erin4July 3, 2011

Hi, new here, been lurking and searching for info as I just completed building and planting (some of the squares, since I got a late start) my sfg beds. In my search for 4-5 compost sources, I used quite a bit of cotton burr. I also used mushroom, humus, and "manure". I've been a little nervous with the cotton burr because I can actually see little pieces of cotton in it. I did a search on here and read conflicting info on this stuff when used in a veggie garden. I now have a 4'x8' and 4'x6' plus two half-barrels with this stuff in it. Please tell me someone else has used this stuff and not had any problems!


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never heard of it but wish you luck

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 12:12PM
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ps stop whinging you have not failed yet.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 12:17PM
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shebear(z8 NCentralTex)

There are two kinds of cotton burr. The stuff that comes from cotton that needs defoliation with chemicals and the kind that doesn't. Cotton from West Texas isn't sprayed with chemical defoliate because the early frost does the job of killing the foliage. I use the West Texas composted cotton burr as a soil amendment for my clay.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 5:59PM
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shebear - thanks for your response. I really appreciate it!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 10:58PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

If it's compostable, then it's fine. Bravo on the chemical response though, I try not to put things treated with chemicals into my compost. You should be fine as the stuff will break down over the next year or two. Enjoy your garden!

Here is a link that might be useful: Sinfonian's garden

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 2:50PM
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Thanks sinfonian for the encouragement. I decided not to worry about it. I'm going to try to get picks of my sfg beds on here soon, so I can get some feedback. You all are so gracious and helpful on this site - I just love it!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 3:23PM
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Per EPA all chemicals put on cotton must be biodegradagle in at a month. I am going to make lots of it, live just miles from several cotton gins, to make compost for the planting of shrubs for wind/dust breaks. For veggies will use in bales. It is just the two of us old people and food production is done with the awareness of if it is cheaper to buy product from local stores or use the well water which comes out of the hose in chunks and high in salts. Good luck with you endevers

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 6:07AM
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