What do you look for in great compost? The most important factor is a compost's level of maturity. You want a material that will grow your plants right out of the bag. That trait is directly related to how well it's broken down which is what maturity is all about. Well, how do we make compost that's mature? At Stout Ollie, we start with an annual plant material like the cotton plant. Annual plants are designed by Mother Nature to readily break down year to year to feed the next generation of plants. Most of our competitors start with wood chips as their base material. Trees are perenials and designed to last and that's why when you open one of their bags you can easily see chips in various stages of break down. Put that around your plants or in your soil and often times the wood chips rob more from your plants for continued breakdown than they give. Compare that to Stout Ollie and you'll see why lab analysis always rates us in the top category "very mature." Maybe it's because we age (cure) our compost up to a year after initial composting and only bag it as we sell it.
Almost as important for superior compost is the level of micro nutrients it contains and their source. Stout Ollie adds two materials during the composting process that have proven their worth to mankind over milleniums. They are cow manure and fish. The manure is from our own herd of grassfed cows and the fish are trimmings from wild catfish caught in the Santee Cooper Lakes. They provide a wide range of those hard to get minor elements without the harsh chemicals used by so many producers.
So try putting some Stout Ollie around your plants or mix it with you soil or plant directly into it or even make a compost tea with it. Then stand back and watch 'em take off.