Help with Compost Sources in West Central Florida

BrianDorry55October 18, 2013

Hello Everyone!

I am finally putting together my first square foot garden this weekend!...Naturally, I am scrambling to find sources because I'm mostly limited to big box stores in my area, Spring Hill, FL.

If you aren't familiar with square foot gardening, I'll cut to the chase, I need 5 different sources of compost and I am seeking help to find a 5th source in my area.

So here's what I've got.

1. Worm Compost from Rabbit manure from a great local company, Rabbits Etc. (so glad I found this source, wish I could use more of this but I've been advised not to on this board in the past)

2. Black Kow

3. Mushroom Compost ("Just Natural" brand from Lowes)

4. Black Hen (with a 25 or so minute drive out to Brooksville)

5. ???????

The only other things I've been able to find in my local stores is more Cow Manure Compost ("Just Natural" brand), Earthgro Compost derived of not less than 51% cow manure and not more than 49% "forest products" (I just know in my heart that this is full of peat), and Scotchman's Choice "Organic" Compost from Wal-Mart...which I have not heard promising things about.

I can't even find 4 cu. ft. bales of peat, which is frustrating because that is exactly how much I need...

I want to do this right the first time, I don't want to half-a** I'd really like to find a decent 5th source.

So the question I am asking is, does anyone in the surrounding area - Hernando, Pasco, Citrus counties know of another good compost source in our area that doesn't fall into the categories that I've already mentioned? Or does anyone in the area have a compost pile at home that you would be willing to sell me some? (I would be forever grateful!)

If not, does anyone else have any solutions?

Who knew the 4 cu. ft. of coarse vermiculite would be the easiest thing to find!?

Thanks for any and all help!

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shavedmonkey (Harvey in South Fl.)Z10b

One more ingredient. Vegetable matter. Get a source like a produce market or maybe a restaurant. Table scraps but no oil or fat. Keep the worms happy. The worms will even eat cardboard. Give them a little. Large quantities of veggie matter as it shrinks dramatically. It is mostly water and air. Grass clippings. No wood. Unless you have a lot of time and space. Then rotten wood works to. Organic matter. Add untreated charcoal to your beds.

From scratch composts takes months to be ready to use. Especially with manure.

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