What’s New

What’s New

Alert: Cowsmo Compost precautions for our employees and customers.

The coronavirus pandemic and its implications for transmission has caused Cowsmo to adopt precautions for our employees and customers. Effective immediately, please call ahead when coming to the farm to pick up products. If that is not possible call when you get here using the phone numbers that are on the office door. If you do not have a cell phone, use the phone right inside the door. We will get you what you need and load it for you while you remain in the vehicle. If you need to leave the vehicle, remain 6 feet away from us. Payment by check or credit card is preferred. We can do credit card in advance if you know what you want and we will have an invoice ready when you get here. If we are outside that should be extra safe. We believe in personal customer service and this need to keep away from others will be hard for us.

March 23rd, 2020|

Amish Paste, Juiliets and Tomatillos, Oh My!

What happens when you use Cowsmo fertilizer with tomato plants? As one of our customers discovered, the result is an amazing crop of Amish Paste Tomatoes, Juliet Tomatoes & Tomatillos. The plants were grown in Minnesota Zone 5 and each reached an amazing height over 6ft 9in!

The yearly produce was as follows:

  • Amish Paste – 16 pounds
  • Juliet – 12 pounds
  • Tomatillo – 9.5 pounds

Tomatillos are a great plant for produce, because the more you pick the more Tomatillos will ripen. According to the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, an average Tomatillo plant will yield 2½ lbs of produce. Wow! That means this plant produced 7lbs more than the average!

March 17th, 2020|

Microbial Activity in Soil

Over the last 30 years in the compost business, we have learned a lot about compost. As we look through trade magazines or search the internet to find an answer to a customer’s question, we gain some knowledge.

As I was reading John Deere’s February Furrow magazine recently, I found an interesting article on Microbiome Mysteries. The article says that in a healthy soil there are over a billion, yes with as B, bacteria in a gram of soil, as well as over 100,000 actinomycetes and a million fungi. When you consider there are 454 grams in a pound, those numbers are astronomical. I also heard one scientist say that in a spoonful of healthy soil, there are more organisms than there are people on earth.

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To have a healthy biome in your soil, you need to be aware that you are making a good life for them. There are many ways but by adding compost, especially manure-based compost like Cowsmo, you are doing your part to build and maintain a healthy soil.

Why? Microorganisms do not like change such as disturbing the soil. Even tillage affects the biome as does moving soil for construction. They also need organic matter to provide food for their little bodies. Cowsmo compost not only feeds the biome that is already there but also adds microorganisms into the soil.

When you grow plants in pots or artificial beds, you will get better results if the soil you are using has Cowsmo compost in it.

February 24th, 2020|

Cowsmo Compost 2020 Winter Update

2020 has been a much easier winter so far this year for making and shipping potting soil. Last year we struggled with cold and snow well into March.

The cold especially affects whether we can mix ingredients for our potting soils. Starting and running engines with subzero temperatures is sometimes impossible. On February 24, 2019 in our county there were over 400 roofs that collapsed due to snow load! We had 3 fall in and we shoveled lots of roofs besides. Right now, we only have about 6 inches of snow on our roofs compared to over 6 feet last year. We hope the easier trend continues through March.

February 20th, 2020|

Visit Cowsmo Compost at Upcoming Trade Shows

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

Coswmo Compost will be at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show on February 26th – March 1st! You can find us at Booth 645.

Whether you have questions about our products, where to buy, or just want to talk, we look forward to meeting you.

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About The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

“The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals.

Whether you’re joining us at the Minneapolis Convention Center with a specific project in mind or just looking for some inspiration, our local home professionals have you covered. With 600+ booths to explore and several unique feature displays to enjoy, this is a valuable event for all Minneapolis homeowners.”

Read More at homeandgardenshow.com

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Cowsmo owner John Rosenow will be joining Mercedes Falk at the MOSA conference in La Crosse WI. Visit them at the La Crosse Convention Center for the 31st MOSES Organic Farming Conference on February 27th – 29th!

Both Mercedes and John enjoy talking to customers or people interested in compost. Meet with them to get answers about technical and logistical questions.

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February 17th, 2020|

Cowsmo Compost “Green Plus” Gaining Popularity

We are now offering a new mix which will be called Green Plus. It is a custom mix developed a couple of years ago which has developed a following among a group of growers in Illinois and Minnesota. It is our green mix with double the amount of perlite and fertilizer mix. It adds a boost of fertility and aeration that seems to work very well. Some of our customers use it for starting seeds and also as a medium for microgreens. We sell it in 1.25 cuyd totes for $170/tote or in orange 1.6 cuft bags for $11/bag with 40 on a pallet. This option is designed for the discerning professional grower. We are excited to add this to our product line.

Premium Organic Potting Soil - Green Bag
February 1st, 2020|

Farm on Ogden

Windy City Harvest, a part of the world renowned Chicago Botanic Gardens, is changing a part of Chicago. They have been a Cowsmo customer for many years. Cowsmo is even on the roof of McCormak Place in Chicago.

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January 17th, 2019|

You Can Tell the Cowsmo Difference!

John Quarberg of Modena, WI is a true flower lover and golf buddy of John’s. At the annual Cowsmo Classic Golf Outing, he took home a bag of compost and spread in on a flower bed along the walk to his house. He forgot that he had done it and after he’d planted the Canna Lillies, he wondered why one side was taller than the other. Then he remembered about the Cowsmo! You can see the difference for your self.

John also uses Cowsmo Compost every year when he plants flowers on the corner of a country road where passerby’s can see the colors flourish!

Cowmo Compost for Gardening
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October 13th, 2017|
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