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That fragrant smell.... normal?

Posted by lucilleclifton Zone 4 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 19, 10 at 15:19

OK guys-- when I water my SFG in the morning, I have to tell you: it smells like a farm field freshly spread with manure. I can smell it clean across the yard. Some of the compost I used for my Mel's mix was bagged composted cow manure bought at Farm and Fleet. About 50% of it was from my own backyard composting operation. About 15% of it was bagged mushroom compost from my local landscape center. The rest was bagged manure. Of course with the requisite additions of peat and vermiculite for the rest.

Should I be worried that it smells so..... poopy? Or is that normal? Sorry if this is a total newbie question.

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RE: That fragrant smell.... normal?

"The rest was bagged manure."
Does that mean it wasnt composted? Animal manures should be composted and that could be the source of your smell. The mushroom compost could have a strong "earthy" smell also.

RE: That fragrant smell.... normal?

The bagged manure was composted, yes. And the mushroom compost was stinky right out of the bag!

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