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What’s the difference between CowPots and peat pots?
While both CowPots and peat pots appear similar, they are very different pots! There are a lot of benefits to growing in CowPots.Peat is mined from peat bogs which can take 100 years to regenerate. The manure used to make CowPots is completely renewable, our cows are making more of it every day! CowPots are a more sustainable option because the manure is renewable and recycled (we first use it to capture methane in our methane digester to use as a biogas on our farm).CowPots break down faster than peat pots once planted, and have demonstrated superior root penetration to other biodegradable pots in research trials like the one done by Mississippi Agricultural Forestry and Experiment Station.
What are CowPots made of?
CowPots are made right here on our dairy farm in Connecticut. We use the nutrient rich, composted manure from our 300 cow dairy herd to make CowPots. Our cows eat a mixed ration of forages that we grow on our 600 acres of cropland - grass and corn as well as a supplement of grain to balance their diet.The manure is collected from our barn every day, passes through our methane digester where we collect methane to burn as a biogas. The solids are then separated from the liquids (liquids are stored in a lagoon until we can apply them to our cropland as fertilizer). The solids are then composted and finally brought to our CowPots factory where that manure is then formed into 12 different styles of CowPots as well as custom products.
Are CowPots biodegradable?
CowPots are the 100% biodegradable pot. CowPots have been designed to last several months in a greenhouse or outdoor setting. Once planted in the ground, they quickly begin to break down. When transplanting your plant growing in a CowPot; leave the entire pot intact, do not crush or tear and cover completely with soil. The roots are able to grow through the pot wall with no restriction and the pot will decompose in the same growing season.Larger CowPots that you do not intend to plant in the ground can be tossed into a compost pile at the end of the growing season. What makes CowPots a better garden pot is that they will break down in the ground or in the compost.
How do I choose the right size CowPot?
This is not a comprehensive list, and you can visit our individual product pages for more details each biodegradable pot and what plants are best suited for each size. In our own farm production we recommend using the #3 Six cell for cucurbits (squash, pumpkins, cucumbers). The #3 Square and #3 Round are well suited for cut flowers like sunflowers, marigolds and pansies. The #3 sized CowPots are also appropriate for cold season crops: lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, etc.The #4 Square and #4 Square Tall are the best choice for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and other plants that need a little extra time indoors before being transplanted outdoors. The #4s have also been a popular size for growing herbs: parsley, basil, cilantro, etc.The larger sizes are great for using as a step up container or for use with growing combination planters or longer season plants. We have received lots of positive feedback about using the #6 Round and #6 Square for Dahlias and tuber production.
What kind of soil should I put in my CowPots?
CowPots do not require a specific type of potting soil. Make sure it is good quality, sterile potting soil for seed starting.
What actually goes into a CowPot?
Composted Cow Manure Source: From our farm Purpose: We use the digested solids from our farm to reduce our carbon footprintCellulose Source: From our community Purpose: We source recycled newsprint from our neighbors to remove the waste in our community.Binder Source: Commercial supplier Purpose: In order to have CowPots last in a greenhouse setting for a minimum of 3 months, we add a fractional amount of binder. It is eco-friendly and food for microbes.Energy Source: Manure & the Sun Purpose: Energy comes from the manure during digestion to heat our hot water and solar panels are used to generate electricity to power the factory.Hardwork Source: From our Community Purpose: We are the only biodegradable pot currently made in the USA. CowPots are always made right here on our family's dairy farm.
How should I handle my plants in CowPots?
Be cautious not to lift a recently watered CowPot by the 'lip' as it will easily tear when moist. For many CowPots sizes, we have identified trays that will fit the different pot sizes. Using a tray can make it easier to move CowPots, especially when they're wet.When plants become established in the CowPot you can lift plant at the base of the stalk. This method is easy and efficient and minimizes root stress and possible damage to the CowPot. For more details, visit our directions and growing suggestions.
How can I tell if I’m properly watering my seedlings?
You can tell by color and touch. When pot walls are dark brown and moist to the touch, they do not need to be watered. When light brown and dry, it’s time to water again.
Are CowPots Certified Organic?
CowPots are an all-natural alternative to plastic and peat pots.However, at this time, we do not offer a certified organic product for growers.We continue to be committed to manufacturing a sustainable and safe biodegradable pot that offers growers the right balance of sturdiness on a greenhouse shelf and quick decomposition once planted in the ground.If you have any questions about our product or process as you evaluate the cleanest, greenest way to grow your plants, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should I use fertilizer in my CowPots?
Yes. CowPots do not take the place of fertilizer. Use your normal feeding protocol with the fertilizer of your choice. We have 2 instructional videos specific to fertilizer use for plants growing in CowPots; episodes 8 and 12.
How long should it take for my CowPots to decompose after planting into the ground?
As a biodegradable planter, CowPots will begin to break down within weeks of transplanting. As long as they are completely buried at planting, they should be almost completely decomposed by the end of the growing season. The rates of decomposition depends largely on moisture and bioactivity in your soil.Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station compared biodegradable nursery pots in an experimental growing trial and CowPots showed the fastest rate of break down once planted in their research trials. CowPots outperformed Jiffy peat pots, Fertil pots and rice hull pots.
My in-ground planted CowPots are not breaking down completely. What am I doing wrong?
Factors that affect decomposition can include soil type, soil bioactivity and water rates. Sandy soils and soils with few microorganisms typically display slower rates of decomposition in CowPots. Roots can still grow through the pot walls even if they do not rapidly decompose.
How long will my planted CowPot last in a greenhouse setting?
With some variation depending on size, once planted, optimal growing time in CowPots before transplanting is 12 weeks. After that time, pot walls may become weak. We suggest either transplanting into a larger garden pot (consider our larger styles of CowPots) or into the ground.Like with most biodegradable planters, CowPots are weak when wet and should be allowed to dry in between watering. If the biodegradable pots remain saturated and wet, they will begin to break down sooner than the suggested 3 month shelf life.
Do I need to rip, tear or crush the CowPot before planting in the ground?
Definitely NO. Growing in CowPots eliminates transplant shock because when it’s time to transplant, no need to rip or tear the pot. Porous pot walls allow for continued root growth. This is one of the leading benefits of growing in our biodegradable pots.
How long can I store unused CowPots?
If kept dry, indefinitely.
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