Better Priced Online Rating: 4.4
I ran into Charlie’s compost by accident and found that a lot of people that like it. Since it is made in Kentucky and I live there, I decided to have a better look at it before I would write a Charlie’s compost review.
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What is Charlie’s Compost
This compost contains the following ingredients:
- Chicken manure
- Forest products
These ingredients are composted between 8 and 12 weeks. This is the amount of time to finish the composting process. It is air-dried and turned several times for better composting.
This is not your average NPK product since it does not contain a lot of these ingredients, but here are the numbers.
- Nitrogen .5
- Potassium .4
- Phosphorous .5
It contains beneficial microbes that the plants need more. A plant needs about 52 different micro and macro nutrients. People focus too much on NPK.
How much is in the bag
There is 10 LB in the bag and the bag measures 12.4 x 7.6 x 3.9 inches.
How to use Charlie’s compost
This is not an easy to answer question since it depends on how good or bad your soil is.
But there are some general rules on how to use compost.
Limited organic material
The best is to add about 4 inches of compost before the plating season starts.
This gives it time to start doing its job by improving the overall quality of the soil.
Soil with organic material
In this case, a 1 or 2-inch layer should be sufficient to do the job of making your soil ready for the plants or vegetables.
Q and A about Charlie’s compost
Q: Can it be used for mushrooms
A: Yes, it is very beneficial for mushrooms
Q: Can I use it indoors
A: Yes. This product does not smell and makes it great for indoor use
Q: Can I use this for container gardening
A: Yes you can. If you use tap water let is sit for a few hours to let the Chlorine evaporate
Q: Can I add it to my earthworm casting
A: Those two are a good combination
Another mentioned that it did not work, because there was too much bark in the bag.
Could be right but results are depending on the start quality of your soil.
Overall the opinion is that is a very good compost and works great.
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Pros and Cons
- No smell
- Contains chicken manure
- Easy to use
- Dry products
- Can burn your plants if used too much
Overall the Charlie’s compost gets great recommendations from many gardeners that have to use it sometimes for a long period of time with great results. Since this is a natural product there is however no guarantee and it depends on the quality of your soil you start out with.
We can not tell if this is 100% organic compost. The manufacturer stated that they use their own chicken manure and combine it with locally sourced organic materials.
We have read enough customer ratings and opinions to give this Charlies compost a thumbs up and the rate is as a good buy.
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Be careful not to use too much it seems that this compost is very strong and can burn your young plants.
You might still have to add some NPK to your soil although it is sometimes hard to find some organic soil improvement products.
Buy the 25 Lb bag and safe a lot of money.
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