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The Urban Homesteaders' League Message Board Urban Homesteading Questions › Soil/compost for Raised Beds

Soil/compost for Raised Beds

A former member
Post #: 6
Anyone build a raised bed recently? If so, where did you get your soil/compost? I'm looking for places to get organic soil/compost that's as reasonably priced as possible.

A former member
Post #: 1
Hi, everyone. In Boston, we use Apple d'Or on American Legion Highway. It's the same compost/soil that the City of Boston uses for its community gardens, and we've had great success with it. It's made of the city's yard waste, mixed with manure from the Franklin Park Zoo and the State and City Police horses (back when BPD had horses). Great stuff! And they'll deliver, or you can go pick it up yourself in a truck. I think it's $25/sq. yard, which is cheaper than anything comparable in the area.

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) is a great resource for stuff like this:

A former member
Post #: 2
If you live in Cambridge, you can get free compost at the DPW Recycling center, near Inman Sq. The website says "small quantities" so maybe not the best for filling huge beds, but a good resource for filling containers/amending your soil.
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