Item 1: Free Compost in New Jersey
Following on Janet’s suggestion for free compost in New Jersey, I visited a NJ compost center and was very impressed with what they offered. There were 3 enormous, drive-up areas to self-load compost, wood chips/mulch and leaves.
I spoke at length with one of the employees about NJ State recycling and the overall economic impact. He mentioned that his location ran a surplus in 2012 and was self-funded. Furthermore they have a 40 acre solar farm which sells excess energy back to the utility companies and are evaluating wind-power as a source of extra energy capture.
He was also an avid gardener and mentioned he gets great crop-yield from his garden (as a result of all the compost he uses)
It didn’t take me long to load up on beautiful, black compost and wood chips/mulch.
I know this might not apply to people who don’t have cars, but if you do, please check out this link to the NJ Dept of Recycling and Compost.
There are locations in all NJ counties, some as close as Union county. I would call ahead to make sure they have compost. Oh, and the cost? Free – as in no charge.
Note that if you go, make sure to bring a shovel and something to put your compost in. Bags are not the best medium; a hard shell container or trash bin is best. In my case, I was unprepared. The employee loaned me a shovel and suggested I look in the recycled garbage bins for containers. I pulled out 3 large, slightly cracked 40-gallon trash barrels and loaded them up with compost.
It was easy and free, I even found the bin to recycle all those annoying phone books. Check it out!
Item 2: Seedlings at Brooklyn Terminal Market
I finally made it down to Brooklyn Terminal Market in Canarsie in April and found a great, inexpensive market for plant seedlings. For those who don't know about Brooklyn Terminal Market, it is a collective market of fruit, vegetable, food stuff and gardeners in a central market. There were 5 different garden centers, all selling healthy veggie and plant seedlings for much cheaper that Home Depot or Lowes. Example: A 4-pack of Tomato/Pepper/Eggplant seedlings was only $1.99!!! Much cheaper than lowes or Home depot. I filled my garden pots for about $14.00! (along with free compost and mulch - see above, I'm below budget this year.
Link with info:
go check both places out. Email with any questions.
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