Compost in central va

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by bigchrisb1985, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. bigchrisb1985

    bigchrisb1985 Songster

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    I am wanting to do a large raised bed garden next year and was wondering if anyone knows a place to get compost by the truck load relitivly cheap? I live in campbell co va, the closer the better. Thanks
     
  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

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    Some cities now offer composted yard waste for free or a low fee. I would call the city first.Our city unfortunately takes all the compost for themselves!

    Other than that I would recommend digging holes and dumping waste in the bed every few days.Layer the bed with leaves,grass,and poo. I had an area that I piled high just with leaves,and in the spring it was a bed ready for planting. I noticed my elderly neighbors digging their scraps in their garden in the fall/winter,so I started doing that too.

    I think you could probably take the leaves that people leave bagged at their drive.
     
  3. math ace

    math ace Crowing

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    I get manure free from craigslist. Then compost it myself. IT takes 4 - 6 months to compost manure to the point that it can be added to the garden.

    I WATCH for ads that say - - - have tractor and will load.
    That way, I only have to shovel it ONCE - - to unload only! [​IMG]

    I have a set of pallets wired together that form my compost bin. I wet the manure and cover the it with a scrap pieve of tin. Then let nature do its thing. I use to go out there and turn it every couple of weeks, but I don't have the time or energy for that now. It takes about twice the time to compost if you don't turn it ( around 6 - 8 months).
     
  4. bigchrisb1985

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    Thanks
     
  5. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    Quote:I usually use Scotts in on Graves Mill Rd in Forest for bulk loads; they charge by the scoop and 1 or 2 scoops will usually fill the back of DH's truck. I don't remember offhand how much they charge per scoop for ready-to-use compost. You might want to give them a call.
     

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