Dear Jay and Folks,
Here is some very interesting yield
data comparing no-till to conventional
When you total the head yields with
lateral yields, Jay's No-till Compost
and the Fertrell come in at total yield weights of 807.1 grams
grams for the Fertrell. Jay's laterals were almost 2 times
as big as the
Jay's and the Fertrell were neck and
neck for yield. However, anytime you
can AVERAGE 1.7 pounds per plant, and you are 250 times cheaper
Fertrell liquid, we might want to consider using this product.
right, Jays product is 250 times cheaper than liquid Fertrell
and 50 times
cheaper than Harmony 5-5-3.
I will testify to this in court if need
Richard C. McDonald, Ph.D.
Symbiont Biological Pest Management
194 Shull's Hollar
Sugar Grove, NC 28679
(828) 297-BUUG (2884) Phone
I wanted to follow up regarding the
compost you applied to my yard. When I moved in to my newly-built
house, the yard consisted of bare areas interspersed with areas
of sparse, patchy new rye grass struggling to grow in fill-dirt
and red clay. You came over and applied a generous layer of compost
and reseeded the yard and a few weeks later it was almost unrecognizable.
It grew so quickly that my husband (then-fiance), who had previously
worked in landscaping, couldn't believe that the thick, lush growth
was straight from seed.
For the next two years, the growth rate
was unbelievable, in spite of reduced rainfall. My husband had
to mow the yard about every three days, especially in the front
where the compost was spread the most thickly. Even now, after
three years, the grass is thick and lush and the growth rate is
still consistent and strong, although it has slowed to a normal
pace (much to my husband's relief!).
My neighbor has been struggling to grow
grass in sections of his yard for some time now, and just recently
approached me to find out how we got our grass to grow so quickly
back when we built, and how we kept it looking so thick and green
year after year. He couldn't believe we got the results we did
from simply applying a thick layer of compost and seed and sitting
back to watch it grow (he'll be calling you shortly, I'm sure).
I'm looking forward to starting a small garden this year and can't
wait to see the results I get using your compost with my herbs,
vegetables, and flowers!
Kelly Parsons Melton
I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for
your tireless efforts to create
the best compost possible. As a new gardener to the mountains,
a new constructions site, I count myself very lucky to have gotten
your name as a referral to improve my hard clay problem. We
still using a pick ax to dig our garden holes, and we work your
compost into them and I have one of the prettiest gardens up here.
My perennals are thriving.
I started my first real vegetable garden
in my life and can't believe
how much it has produced. People ask me why I planted so
cucumber plants, as I keep giving huge cucumbers away and I tell
I only planted a few plants.
The very best thing is the weeping red
bud I planted as the magical
center of my flower garden. Because it was packed in a huge
ball of clay, all the leaves fell off and the branches turned
brittle. My tree looked dead by the first of June. You came
dug it out, got rid of that nasty clay and replanted it
life giving compost. We waited and prayed. Others
all told me it
was dead and to give up. I couldn't give up as I wanted
it to live
so badly and yesterday, the last day of July, I found a tiny new
branch on the lower part of the trunk!!!! All thanks to
your love of
nature and your genius in creating such a life giving mixture.
will always be grateful.
222 Morning Glory Trail
Deep Gap, NC 28618
July 17, 2007
To Whom It May Concern:
I am Dr. Charla Rae Armitage. My PhD
is from Oklahoma State University in Plant Pathology (the study
of plant diseases) with an emphasis in epidemiology (the study
of the spread of disease). I am also an avid gardener. I have
been using Jay Carters (Rockwater Farms) compost in my gardens
for 8 years and, over the years, have advised innumerable people
to do the same. In all of this time, I have seen no evidence that
Jays compost was ever contaminated with plant pathogens.
(This can not be said of bagged compost or soil mix.) In fact,
I have circumstantial evidence that Jays compost may suppress
Phytophthora infestans, a particularly aggressive water mold.
I can also say that I have observed a direct correlation between
the amount of Jays compost given to a plant and that plants
Please contact me if you have any questions.
My phone number is 336.877.4988.
Charla Ray Armitage, PhD.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Your compost literally takes the work
out of gardening! I planted my
multiple herb beds and two vegetable beds (beans, tomatoes, summer
squash, green peppers) with the aid of your patented compost.
leaves on my squash plants that measure nearly 3 feet across!
the 9 plants are approximately 4.5 feet tall and contain about
squash per plant! No kidding. The tomatoes are amazing,
There's 11 different varieties and they've been in the ground
approximately 30 days; each plant is about 4 feet tall and contain
8 to 14 tomatoes per plant. I
can't harvest my herbs fast enough. I
had to buy one of those vacuum-sealing machines to keep up with
Thank you so-o-o much for your wonderful product. If every
used your compost, we'd all have the biggest, best vegetables
available. The quality is actually beyond belief. If
I hadn't seen it
with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it.
Rockwater Farms Compost for worm bedding. It has all the qualities
that I am looking for - high in organic matter, dark in color,
full of nutrients, and very little clay and sand. I highly recommend
this compost for growing worms!"
Blue Ridge Vermiculture
Jeanette and I want to
thank you for helping us out. We planted our tomatoes and
two flats of a special type of pepper that Jeanette's grandfather
used to love. All of the plants were doing poorly in the
horse manure mixture that we bought from a local landscape supplier.
The pale color and leaf curl were signs of poor nitrogen
content in the manure. After we called you and placed your
compost around the plants, they started looking better in two
days. Now, two weeks later, all of the plants are green
and strong. As you know, we have been using the compost
to plant almost everything- from flowers to shrubs and trees.
We have lost only a couple of plants over the past year,
mostly due to the high winds we had this past winter. We
have recommended your compost to everyone who asks. Thanks
again for helping save this year's garden.
To whom it may concern:
I have had occasion over the past year
to use compost from Rockwater Farms,
ie. Jay Carter, for my own garden and for a community garden.
I have found it
to be of the highest quality, very friable, and an important
amendment to the
poor and rocky soil often found in the Western Watauga County
it to arable land. It is also a good value for the price charged.
As a botanist
(BS, UNCC, 1982, additional horticultural studies CPCC, 1983),
I would highly
recommend Rockwater Farms' product to any hobbyist or professional
Additionally, I feel that Mr. Carter performs an important service
citizens of Watauga County by composting items that would otherwise
be added to
our already overflowing landfill.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
PO Box 294
Sugar Grove, NC 28679
Your compost has
turned my new yard from a hard packed construction site to a thriving
oasis - in just two years! As an avid gardener moving here
from northern California, my heart sank
when I realized that my beautiful new home was surrounded by hard
packed clay. A neighbor and a local nursery suggested that
I try your compost, so I began mounding it and working it into
I planted several
cover crops in the front yard on your compost. In other spots,
I simply mounded the compost and planted in the mounds. Now
I have perennials, annuals, shrubs and vegetables - and worms!
You have always
answered my calls promptly and arrived with your truck within
a day of my calls. Many thanks for your dedication to building
Elk Creek Road