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I can't find ANY compost!

Post  greenmama on 3/21/2011, 3:11 pm

What on earth is the deal? I have gone shopping all over town and cannot find anything labeled "compost". Either I am looking for the wrong thing (maybe it doesn't have to be labeled compost?) or I'm out of luck.

I went to:
Walmart (in search of the mushroom compost...but nope)
Home Depot
huge garden center (had compost that had chemicals mixed in...no thanks!)

I saw things that said:
-soil conditioner (but had nitrogen and other things added)
-Miracle Grow soil for vegetables (with plant food added)
-Potting soil

So, no natural compost. What the heck?!


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Re: I can't find ANY compost!

Post  elliephant on 3/21/2011, 3:53 pm

I've found that my big box stores have a much better selection of compost once it's getting too late to plant Rolling Eyes

Have you looked to see if your city or county has a composting facility? I can get a good blended compost from mine. Their regular compost is just from brush, but the "premimum fine" stuff is screened and has veggies from the major grocery chains added to the brush.


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Re: I can't find ANY compost!

Post  camprn on 3/21/2011, 4:14 pm

Green Mamma, what town do you live in? Maybe I can help you find what you are looking for.

Ok I see from another one of your posts that you are located near Woodbridge, VA. Is this correct?
This is what I found on the internet,



there is a list of farms in this flier. I am not sure any of them are near you.

A list of local horse farms:

Municipal compost available

this should give you a good start... Good luck!


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Post  GloriaG on 3/21/2011, 4:48 pm


Try looking for things like "Black Cow", "Bunny Trails", Worm Castings, Mushroom soil, leaf mold, etc. The word "compost" doesn't have to appear on the bag. Many types of compost are simply identified by what's inside the bag. And cow, bunny, chicken and turkey all count separately as one of the 5 types in MM.


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Re: I can't find ANY compost!

Post  greenmama on 3/21/2011, 4:49 pm

Thanks guys!


Camprn~ Woa! What a list! I had no idea there were more places I could check out. I've only been to one on that list. Thanks for your help!


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Re: I can't find ANY compost!

Post  miinva on 3/21/2011, 9:18 pm

If you don't find enough from the list, you could take a drive to Hottinger's in Louisa. It's a small, locally-owned greenhouse and they stock lots of compost (although I don't think they carry five different types).


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Re: I can't find ANY compost!

Post  ashort on 3/22/2011, 12:12 am

You might check other outlets of those national chains. I have found that the selection varies from one to the other. One home depot near me has bupkiss for compost and another has two or three varieties....


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