Compost

What is it? Why Use it?  What do we offer?

These are all very common questions we are happy to help you with. The simplest definition of compost is "decomposed organic matter", and the types of organic matter that make up various composts are key to understanding what the different varieties can do to help your plants. Compost is a soil amendment that doesn't "feed" your plants like fertilizer, rather it enhances your soil to make it healthier and more rich in nutrients for your plants. Think of it like eating a well balanced, healthy diet versus taking a handful of pills. Compost creates a healthy environment full of microbes and fungi which will enhance growth naturally.

 

Please note that we recommend adding a thin layer of compost to established gardens but, if you are starting with a brand new bed, we recommend a 50/50 blend of loam/compost. Too much of a good thing is not always best in the plant world! We are happy to help you figure out how much you need based on what you are starting with, just give us a call, send us an email, or stop by! Not sure how much to order? If you have the dimensions of your box and/or garden, you can use our calculator to figure out your yardage. As always, we are happy to help!

Here are the composts we offer:

OCEAN GARDEN

A carefully balanced blend of one or more of the following: salmon, herring, shellfish, sphagnum peat moss, and organic humus. Ideal for flowers, vegetables and shrubs. Also excellent for rejuvenating lawns and enhancing soil. This compost is great for retaining water which is great for dry summers. When mixed with our Super Soil, it creates a superior blend that many growers depend on for quality results. More information can be found here

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COMPASSIONATE

Comprised of composted horse manure as well as horses and other farm animals, this unique variety of compost offers excellent nutrients for a wide variety of plants. Higher in iron, calcium, and blood meal than other composts, compassionate compost will help aide the natural microbial metabolisim and boost the production of chlorophyl in your plants. This unique way of composting owners' beloved pets is done right here in Auburn by Michelle Melaragno. Read more here.

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COW MANURE

With similar benefits to our composted cow blend, straight cow manure is an old favorite. Cows from right here in Poland must have some magic secret, because our customers love the manure. Adding beneficial nutrients for a wide variety of plants, this aged manure is a great amendment for any gardener - seasoned or beginner!

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SUPER SOIL

Super Soil is our own special blend formulated with our Cannabis Growing customers in mind. More information can be found here but, in a nutshell, it is a high end potting soil which will enhance the growth of most plants you choose to plant in it. Many of our customers who grow annual flowers like to mix our Super Soil with compost and/or loam to create a superior soil for their gardens. Packed full of nutrients and blended right here in Poland, Maine, we feel it is our very best potting soil. 

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COMPOSTED COW BLEND

One of our customers' all around standbys, this compost is made up mainly of cow manure and other organic matter including bark and peat. Ideal for vegetables, plants, and shrubs, it offers beneficial nutrients for an array of plants. Additionally, this compost helps to aerate your soil, breaking up any clumps and helping your soil to retain water. That means less watering for you!

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MOFGA

MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) approved, this high-quality compost recipe transforms yesterday's food scraps into the perfect soil amendment for your lawn and garden. This compost is fully "cooked" during a 12-week active composting phase, when pile temperatures are maintained at 120 to 160 degrees.  Next the piles are screened and cured for an additional 12 to 16 weeks until the product is fully stable and ready to add nutrients and soil structure to your lawn or garden.

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~Helpful Tips Regarding Gardening~

Get the Right Mix
Sandy soils do not hold together, and clay soils hold together too well. We offer a variety of composts and can help you choose the right one to retain the right mix of air and water to help your plants grow.

Give Soil a Boost
When digging a new bed or reviving an old one, add compost to boost the soil’s nutrition for your plants.

Keep the Weeds
Out Once your seedlings have grown several inches, be sure to use our mulch as a protective layer. It will keep pesky weeds from invading your soil and will also help retain precious moisture for your growing plants.

Off with Their Heads!
To keep plants producing new flowers, be sure to “dead head” them — that means regularly pinching off spent blossoms. This will prevent the plant from putting all its energy into producing seeds - the certain end to your garden bouquets!

Moisturize Daily
Make sure the soil surrounding your plants is moist. An additional layer of mulch will help prevent the soil from drying out in between rains or waterings.



The Dirt Store - a division of J.M. Morin Earthworks, Inc.
We supply a large variety of materials necessary for home and construction projects. Garden soil, super soil, compost, bark mulch, sand, and gravel are the main products offered. Can't find what you need? Let us know and we will do our best to help! 
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