Note that I say intended.
Nothing ever goes as planned does it? Instead I got caught up in finishing the vegetable garden and working on other beds that we had created. The weeds grew long and the dirt grew hard in my entrance bed. And then the compost arrived and there was no time to clear the bed. It seems I will be finding broken glass among my posies for years to come.
I had ordered three yards of compost to be dumped on this bed in order to replace some of the top soil that was removed with the sod. I also expected it would add humus and nutrients to the soil, making my flowers happy. What I didn't know is that three yards isn't nearly as much as it sounds like. This is the pile that was delivered.
|Funny, it doesn't look as big as I had thought|
|I used the mini trailer to cart compost from my bin to the new bed|
|I just barely managed to cover the bed with compost. |
You can see the red dirt poking out around the edges.
The moral to the story is, like with so many things, buyer beware. It was my responsibility as a consumer to do a price check and make sure I knew what I was buying. If you're looking at purchasing compost in bulk know what a cubic yard looks like. Then phone several companies and compare prices. Finally, go to the company and see what it is they are selling. Run your hands through it and satisfy yourself that it is indeed compost. I didn't think it was necessary to ask if the compost I was buying was really compost. How much of a difference could there be? But obviously I was wrong. Get a handful of the stuff and make sure your compost isn't full of additives.
Have you ever ordered compost in bulk and been surprised by what you received? Is using additives common practice?