Utilizing Municipal Compost and Equine Stall Waste as Potential Economic Alternatives in an In-Ground Pot-in-Pot Production System

Project Abstract

For Western Kentucky farmers, one viable income source could be a pot-in-pot nursery production. One of the highest costs of production in this system was the planting media that the plants were grown in. Economical alternatives to high-priced, non-renewable peat-based mixes were important to consider. Unique to this region, were two renewable soil amendments that may help farmers to widen their profit margin in a pot-in-pot system. This research looked at the economic viability of locally sourced horse stall waste and municipal compost as soil amendments to a traditional bark and peat based mix. Initial cost projections were favorable for both amendments. Further research was warranted on the agronomic suitability of the amendments to nursery stock production.

Keywords: bark based media, peat based media, pot-in-pot, renewable soil amendments

Funding Type

Research Grant

Academic College

Hutson School of Agriculture




Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture




Dr. Alyx Shultz

Academic College

Hutson School of Agriculture

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