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I'll never buy Timberline compost again!

10 years ago

Sure, it was cheap (less than $2 at Lowe's), but it's crap.

About a month ago I set up a germination experiment, because I've had trouble with spinach and cilantro not germinating in my garden well the last couple of years. I took a 200-cell flat and planted 10 seeds each of spinach and cilnatro in 10 different soil "types"; clay, soil from my old garden site, from the new site, my own compost, Fafard #2 mix (as control group), etc. I was running out of soil "types" so I just crushed up some pine needles for one set of cells, and I remembered a bag of Timberline I had bought recently to supplement my own depleted supply of finished compost, so I used that as one of the ten "types."

Well, as expected, Fafard did well. Some humus I scraped up from a forest floor also did well. Even crushed up pine needles had some germination. Only one of the 10 media has zero germination: Timberline compost.

Nada. Zilch.

I regret ever having poisoned my garden with this crap.

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