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Using Grape Compost for Gardening

I have access to lots of leftovers from grapes in wine making. It has been aged and other things have been added (like mushroom compost) but it is very light and no worms are present. Do I need to add top soil or potting soil to it before planting ornamentals?

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By Jennifer from McMinnville, OR

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July 1, 20100 found this helpful

I just want to tell you that grapes are poisonous to dogs so please make sure no dogs will be able to access your garden if you use them.

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July 2, 20100 found this helpful

Jennifer all you would need to do is mix this compost with your present soil. Loosen the soil down to about 6 inches, put on a three inches or more of compost, mix this together and plant.

You hole for planting shrubs and trees should be twice the width of your root ball and a couple of inches deeper. Don't forget to mulch good once you plant anything to help hold in moisture and keep the roots cooler.

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