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Post  selah on 4/30/2010, 7:58 am

I am so new I haven't a clue.
I am trying to figure out where to buy compost since I don't even own a composter.
Is there anyone who knows where I can purchase the required ingredients for Mel's Mix in the Belleville area.
Any input is greatly appreciated.


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Post  sbeach on 4/30/2010, 10:13 am

Hi Seleh,

I'm on the other end of Southern Ontario, but I've had luck with Canadian Tire, Walmart and Home Depot for the peat moss ($7-8 for 4 cubic feet) and several different composts (sheep, cow, shrimp, mixed) for around $2-3 per 30 l. bag, which is roughly one cubic foot.

The sheep and cow composts from Home Depot say they are odorless.

I was able to get a bag of mushroom compost ($6) from Zehrs, which is part of the Loblaws group of grocery stores.

I've had the most trouble finding vermiculite for a good deal. You might have to call your local garden centres to find out the best deal. Our local garden centres ranged from $24 - $40 for 4 cubic feet.

Also, check the Vermiculite forums and the database to see if there is somewhere near you that carries it. I think there have been some messages from SFGers in Eastern Ontario who have found better deals than I got!

Good luck, from another new and only partially-clued SFGer.
Sharon in Guelph (5A)


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Post  sbeach on 4/30/2010, 3:36 pm

Hi Selah (sorry I spelled your name wrong earlier),

I just ran across an older post from Lupinfarm who said:

"Thrashers in Belleville carries [vermiculite] in 110 litre bags! for $22.00!)



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Post  LupinFarm on 4/30/2010, 10:41 pm

HI! I'm in Springbrook (north of Stirling)! You can find cheap Compost at Lowes, Home Depot carries the Vigoro compost and you can also speak to some of the local horse riding establishments for manure from them. If you want to start up a compost pile you're welcome to hit us up for some horse, goat, chicken, and duck manure and we can bag it for you. It'll need to be composted but its well worth it!

TSC carries a "Leaf Waste" compost which I have used, though IMO the TSC people aren't super knowledgable so you better bring a bag in for them to scan.

Canadian Tire doesn't have much in Belleville right now as they're under construction but Canadian Tire in Campbellford has TONS of soils and compost.

You should also check out Farmgate Gardens on Stirling-Frankford Road north of Belleville.

You can buy your Perlite or Vermiculite at Thrashers Garden Centre on North Front Street

Lowes has enormous 10 cu. ft. bags of Peat moss (though I highly recommend getting the regular size, those big ones are a pain to move).

Let me know if you need anymore sources! I found a garden centre in Wellington that has SHRIMP compost! You can email me if you like at heytherestephy@hotmail.com

Its super awesome to have someone from Belleville on here aside from myself!


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