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Black Gold

June 11th, 2014

A week or two ago I had a five yard load of compost delivered. If you remember, last year I ordered 28 yards of compost – that’s a lot of compost – and I have the biceps to prove that it was all spread with a shovel, by me, alone.
Compost (1)
This year I purchased compost from a different company. It’s not that I wasn’t happy with what I got last year, I actually loved the compost and will be purchasing from Kinney Compost again next year. This compost is made from lobster, fish and leftovers from local seafood restaurants.
Compost 1
This compost is made right down the road, only a few miles away.  I saw a sign for Earthly Compost at the post office and called to chat with them about their product. It sounded great and I had a five yard load delivered. This compost company is close so I don’t have to pay for delivery, I can also get five yards at a time instead of all of my compost at once. I’ll probably be calling them again in a few weeks to have another five yards delivered.
Compost 2
Compost 3
Since this compost is made from fish waste it will contain different micronutrients than the manure based compost I purchased last year. It’s always good to alternate different kinds of amendments and composts in your garden. This will help balance things out so you don’t end up with too much of one thing and not enough of another. I feel very lucky to have two fantastic sources of quality compost so close. When we lived back in Ohio it was hard to find places that made good compost, the one company I purchased from was fare away and delivery was pricey!

Do you ever purchase compost from local companies? Have you discovered any great sources in your area?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.