Black Gold and Other Valuables

Yesterday I went to the local landfill for a couple of more loads of the double grind mulch that they produce.  It’s really cheap for a fine product — $8.50 gets a cubic yard (or the equivalent of 13-14 of those bags that Home Depot and Lowes sell).  While I was there I noticed that they now also sell compost for the same price.  This is really good looking stuff so I brought some home just in case I had need of this beautiful stuff that gardens are made of…

A pickup truck load of compost is about $10

A pickup truck load of compost is about $10

They have really done an excellent job in producing this material.  Here is a picture with my pocketknife for scale.

Details of the compost

Details of the compost

Now all we need is someone to spread a little top layer on all the garden beds…

I also couldn’t help reflecting on how beautiful and exotic many of the plants look as the emerge from the earth.

Fritillaria emerging

Fritillaria emerging


Fiddlehead from Ostrich Ferns emerging

Fiddlehead from Ostrich Ferns emerging


Wood's Poppy Emerging

Wood Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) Emerging


Established clump of Virginia Blues coming out

Established clump of Virginia Bluebells coming out

5 comments on “Black Gold and Other Valuables

  1. RainGardener

    WoW! Aren’t you lucky to be able to buy that. I’ll bet all of your gardens are smiling!!!

  2. Randy

    Thanks for reminding me about the landfill and the compost they sell.

  3. Jim/ArtofGardening

    NIce looking compost. When I had access to t friend’s truck, we would get a truck load of compost much like this from a town facility. Only difference is, on occasion, we would find things like a pocket knife IN IT!

    1. jw

      The guys at the Landfill said that it used to be less pure before they started to charge for it. Now they have some pretty good quality control (and an overabundance).

  4. Karen - An Artist's Garden

    How great that you are able to buy that for such a reasonable price I wish we had something like that here. Although they have started composing all our green waste – I don’t think they have reached the stage of having an “end product” yet.