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Composting Applications in Forest and Conservation Nurseries

“Compost”, like “organic”, is one of those words that are generally assumed to be beneficial. However, as I always do before starting an article, I did a comprehensive search of the published literature in the FNN database. Several days of perusing convinced me that, while composts are being widely used in horticulture, it is almost impossible to come to any conclusions. Each article uses a different type of compost from different source materials for different purposes. Other problems in interpreting the published research are that composting is a progressive process, and there are no widely-accepted standards for compost maturity or quality. Having said that, I still believe that composts have wide application in both bareroot and container nurseries.

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Author(s): Thomas D. Landis, Nabil Khadduri

Publication: Forest Nursery Notes - 2008 Summer