I've been working with a farmer friend in setting up a regenerative strawberry patch in the city and we've run into soil troubles just as we hurry to get the starts in the ground.
Basically, the farmer ordered compost "socks" that were advertised as being biodegradable and filled with biologically active compost. She planned to plant directly into these socks and fill in between them with organic materials to start building soil for the future.
But as you can see, the material holding these socks is certainly synthetic and it is highly doubtful that they'll biodegrade within the next 2000 years.
Furthermore, the "compost" looks more like clay dirt mixed with about 40-60% wood chips (we were told it could contain only 20-30% carbon). By the look of its color and texture, there must not be much active biology in it.
To me it is upsetting that we farmers are being sold products that aren't as advertised, therefore compromising our crop health and yields, and, in general, that compost suppliers are neglecting their very critical role of producing nutrient rich, biologically active compost with a proper balance of soil organic matter.
If I could, I would produce my own compost so that I know for sure that it is good stuff. But since we can't do that this year, I thought I'd try turning to y'all for some advice-- does anyone know a reliable, large-scale compost producer in Georgia with whom you've had good experiences? I'm talking larger than one acre; we need about 600-800 yards of compost and have a budget of $33K.
I would appreciate any leads you have!
Additionally, we are looking to source large loads of wood chip mulch for building soil with. Does anyone know a good service for getting wood chips quickly and affordably? Perhaps someone with a connection to an arborist who could help?
Thanks, and wishing you all good luck with your projects!