hi all,if you bought some of the black earth compost todayat codman farm as a fundraiser for the farm,you should know that you have to sift it first.(that goes for all compost really, unless it has been screened first.)if you are not an experienced gardener, you might not know this,so i wanted to tell you how to do it.this compost obviously has not been screened.if you want to use it in a big hole for a planting a tree or a big shrub,it's probably ok as it is.it will provide drainage for the roots, with all the sticks and stones.but for any vegetable or flower beds, you need to screen it firstto sift out the debris.i expected this compost to be cleaner than it is.i found glass, foil, plastic straws (whole and pieces) and lots of twigs and stones.to screen compost put shovelfull of compost over a piece of hardware cloth/wire mesh with 1/8-1/4"holes.the sifted compost goes through the screen and ends up in a tub,and the debris stays on top; you can find some other use for it, like filling holes somewhere.i'm attaching photos :1. is the framed screen that i use - it rests on top of a plastic tub.2. is 2 shovels full of black earth compost ready to sift.3. is the amount of debris left over after sifting -quite a lot of stones and twigs and less compost than i expected.more than half a shovelful.just wanted to let you all know.katherine
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