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Help please, can't find 5 different composts here.

Post  hayjude on 6/3/2010, 10:02 am

Hi, We are here in north Florida, Lake Butler, and have gotten my plants all started and redy to transplant. Now we have the sfg boxs built on the back of the 5th wheel and ready to make Mel's mix but can't find 5 diferent kinds of compost. Anyone know where to look, have checked Walmart, Lowes and Home Depot but no luck. Next year I will have my own going but really need help now.


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Post  Retired Member 1 on 6/3/2010, 2:27 pm

Around here, all three stores you mention carry cow or steer manure but different brands. That's three right there. HD has Scotts brand of manure which has two different kinds in it: cow and poultry. And the last time I was at Lowes, I saw cotton burr soil conditioner, which is compost. Not all composts are actually called that. Read the ingredients label. Plus many urban areas compost and it can be obtained for free or almost. Most plant nurseries also carry compost, either in bulk or bagged.
Believe me, this time of year it is out there -- you just have to read the backs of bags. You are looking for organic material, forest material, manure, "no field dirt" -- stuff like that.

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Post  milaneyjane on 6/3/2010, 4:00 pm

I would call local nurseries and landscape companies. Also what about grocery store greenhouses (the ones set up in parking lots?). The best compost I found was from our chain grocery store out in their store garden area in the lot. The nursery that had the compost cost three times as much so I just used a smaller amount from there. Do you have Kmart or anything like that?

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Post  GloriaG on 6/3/2010, 6:03 pm

Hi hayjude,

If I'm reading your post correctly it sounds like you're full time RV'rs who built your boxes right in the bed of your 5th-wheel.

How great is that!!!!! I know gardeners are creative, but you are tops - you get to take your garden right along with you.

Please send pictures. I'm sure we'd all love to see them.


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Post  LaFee on 6/3/2010, 6:07 pm

Just do the best you can. I ended up with two kinds of horse manure and one type of compost...and that's all that was available this year.

And my garden is going great...I've nicknamed my radishes The Bouncing Radishes because they sprout so fast in Mel's Mix that it's more like the seeds have bounced.


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Post  Colin.B on 6/3/2010, 8:10 pm

I was in my local DIY store today and spotted a rather good one , at first i saw manure compost , but on further investigation it said contains at least 4 different animal manures . I didnt read further ,but i'm sure if i had it would have listed which animals provided the goodies inside .

So i've been pretty lucky in that i can easily find one more and some on top .Not sure if they have B&Q in the states ,but for people in europe it may help


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Post  extremesoccermom on 6/3/2010, 10:25 pm

Do you have a Whole Foods nearby I drove by mine tonight and noticed they had 2 kinds of compost and a bag of worm castings. They were a little pricy but I may stop tomorrow to pick up at least one bag.


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Post  SirTravers on 6/3/2010, 11:23 pm

Walmart will have steer manure in a yellow and white bag along with Natures Way composted mulch in a white and orange bag. Home depot should have the same natures way compost. Lowes will have a white and yellow bag that says organic humus that's good. They may have an alternative compost there too. Check for composted cottonseed hulls. They are a good one usually at garden centers. Try asking on your local Freecycle list. Someone should have some other types of compost they are willing to share.


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Post  Chopper on 6/4/2010, 12:55 am

I echo the previous sentiment. If you cannot find 5 different kinds don't sweat it too much. Just do what you can. Worst case scenario is that you may have to add a little veggie fertilizer somewhere down the road. I actually was getting my SFG info second hand and did not know about the 5 diff kinds so I didn't even try and so far so good. I do give my babies a mix of fish emulsion and epsom salts every other week and at one point I ground up some calcium-magnesium pills for the health of one square of green beans.


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