Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Bountea Compost Tea - Got it!!!
by has55 Today at 11:50 am

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Today at 11:33 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 11:30 am

» Fun Spider addition to Home Page
by countrynaturals Today at 11:29 am

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by has55 Today at 10:07 am

» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing in October 2016
by trolleydriver Today at 9:53 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by Zmoore Today at 8:09 am

» N&C Midwest: October Happenings!
by MrBooker Today at 7:55 am

» last chance to pre-order baker seeds-rare seed catalog
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:39 am

» Senseless Banter...
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:37 am

» Mason bees
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:45 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 8:05 pm

» Notice: Gluten-free Recipes Sub-Forum- Up and running!
by sanderson Yesterday at 7:07 pm

» Hello from central Massachusetts!
by Scorpio Rising 10/22/2016, 10:39 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 10/22/2016, 9:43 pm

» What's eating my plants
by donnainzone5 10/22/2016, 12:30 pm

» Straw Bales with Seeds?
by donnainzone5 10/22/2016, 12:26 pm

» Shallots, Prisma
by AtlantaMarie 10/22/2016, 7:59 am

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by sanderson 10/21/2016, 10:16 pm

» Peas and cucumbers: Trellis position and plant spacing
by yolos 10/21/2016, 8:32 pm

» Indian Solar Gardening Calendar
by sanderson 10/21/2016, 3:50 am

» New England October, 2016
by Scorpio Rising 10/20/2016, 8:56 pm

» leggy potatoes plants were started too early in the hous
by Scorpio Rising 10/20/2016, 8:38 pm

» Thin Crust Pizza
by No_Such_Reality 10/19/2016, 11:34 pm

» Our Newest Regional Hosts!
by Scorpio Rising 10/19/2016, 8:10 pm

» November Planting in SoCal, time to keep working it and bragging rights time!
by No_Such_Reality 10/19/2016, 10:27 am

» Winter Hobbies and Crafts
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:48 pm

» Cucumber plant visitor
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:31 pm

» Hello all
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:16 pm

» The Most Annoying Pest In The Yard
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 6:45 pm


Search SFG Forum

Where to get compost?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Where to get compost?

Post  minniemom on 4/3/2010, 9:04 am

We are just starting out this year with our first SFG (first garden of any kind actually!) and we haven't started to compost yet. I do plan to in the future, but for just starting out where can I get compost? My husband bought some organic potting soil at Home Depot because that's all he could find. Will that work?

We did get some free compost from our local landfill, but it is all leaves and my understanding is that we should use that as a replacement for the peat moss, not as actual compost? Is that true?

By the way, I am in PA if that makes any difference for suggestions on where/how to get compost.

Thanks for any help!


Posts : 2
Join date : 2010-04-03

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Where to get compost?

Post  Kabaju42 on 4/3/2010, 9:15 am

Hi Minniemom, welcome to the fourms.

Try calling around to the different nurseries in the area to see what kinds of compost they have. Local stables & farms might have something too. As for the compost from the dump, I counted it as compost in my garden.


Male Posts : 249
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : Salt Lake City, UT

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Where to get compost?

Post  jerzyjen on 4/3/2010, 9:22 am

I'm in NJ and I haven't really found ANY decent compost at the big box stores (HD, Lowes). You need to call around some local nurseries and garden centers and ask. I have found a local garden center that is attached to an ACE hardware and that carries several different types of bagged, i can manage to get mushroom, composted manure, a good general mix and they used to carry shellfish compost but they arent getting it this year.

If you are near Philly and you get really stuck, you could come over the bridge to my place but I'm sure there are places closer to you, it just takes some calls. When i first got started last year I call alot of places before I found the right spots, and even so I have to go to two different places to get my compost and my vermiculite.


Female Posts : 210
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 40
Location : Burlington County, NJ - Zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Where to get compost?

Post  willf650 on 4/3/2010, 7:03 pm

We searched 3 places and found a munure/humus compost at the big box stores(Lowes/Home Depot) and found 5 different types of compost at a garden center. The gerden center we got it from is associated with Southern States. You may have one in your area as well. I was also going to try a Tractor Supply but we found it before we went that far.


Posts : 12
Join date : 2010-04-02

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Where to get compost?

Post  minniemom on 4/3/2010, 7:29 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I guess I'll be making a bunch of calls this week!


Posts : 2
Join date : 2010-04-03

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Where to get compost?

Post  scbusf on 4/3/2010, 9:09 pm

Definitely call before you go!!!! I found Mushroom Compost and Manure/Humus at Home Depot. Then I found a locally made compost at a local garden center. All the garden centers in my area carry only that 1 type. So I'm going with 3 different ones and hoping for the best!!!



Posts : 33
Join date : 2010-03-27

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Where to get compost?

Post  fmneuman on 4/3/2010, 9:20 pm

In my quest for compost, I learned that PA is the mushroom growing capital of the USA. I located several places that sold mushroom compost in central PA but didn't save the info because they were a bit far for me. I'm sure i just Googled mushroom compost to locate the sites. Hope this helps, good luck!


Posts : 4
Join date : 2010-03-19

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Where to get compost?

Post  Sponsored content Today at 11:55 am

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum