Garden soil prices escalate.
I have just returned from shopping for bagged garden soil for my
raised garden and found since last season, that not only have they
increased the price by 60 percent but they have reduced the size of
the bags by twenty five percent. The soil is made of ground-up
materials from old buildings that are torn down and allowed to
compost, lead based paints and all. The processors call the product
"black gold." I wonder if the inflation gurus take into consideration
the reduction of the sizes of goods on top of the increased price when
establishing the inflation rate?
You have a conflicting pair of ideas in what you wrote. First, you said
"garden soil prices", which suggests that ALL garden soil has increased in
price. Then, you mentioned "black gold", which sounds like a brand name.
Matter of fact, it *is* a brand name. I wonder if other brands have NOT
increased in price and had their packages made smaller.
It might be worthwhile to hire a private detective for a day, to assist you
in finding stores which sell a different brand.
Thanks for your comments. I went to three mass merchandisers and the
prices have all increased. The phrase "black gold" came from the mouth
of a guy on TV describing the process of taking waste building
material and making it into compost. Last season I was able to buy one
cubic yard of soil for $24.00 but this year the prevailing price is
$48.00 for the same amount of stuff. I would say that such an increase
is quite significant and troubling.
It sounds like a weird product, so I don't know why you'd buy it to begin
with. And, the main thing contributing to the price increases you've
mentioned is the cost of fuel for vehicles which deliver pretty much
everything. My company ships product by truck, and the per mile rate is up
drastically over the past 18 months.
With every response, this gets more interesting. In the beginning, you
referred to bagged soil. Are you saying that where you live, there is no
source of a different brand of bagged soil? There are NO other sources of
AND - this black gold stuff may contain lead and all sorts of other crap.
Were you planning on using it to grow things you plan to eat?
On Fri, 30 Mar 2007 16:56:56 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
I mentioned trains because someone said why don't we use them any
more. I live 1,000 feet from a main line, cross country train track
and the thing I see the most often being hauled by train are cars and
trucks. That's why I said what I said. We'd need a LOT more train
tracks to make a difference in prices. There are tens of thousands of
rigs all over the highways.
Anyway, will you please learn how to edit your posts.
So talk to the neighbors, and split a truckload. Or topdress your lawn
with the remainder. I've ordered half-truckloads before, too... if
you don't care about exact delivery time, one of the local compost suppliers
just waits till someone else wants a half load and delivers half to you
and half to the other person. Or it may be cheaper to get an entire load
and offer the remains on freecycle.
You might also want to add some mineral elements to your raised bed soils,
if you haven't already -- decreases the "shrinkage" of soil over the year,
buffers the soil pH, adds cation exchange capacity, improves drainage and
We do use trains. We deliver American cars made in Mexico or Canada.
Big, honkin gas guzzlers. My Expedition is now ten years old. There
is 67,000 original miles on it. I barely drive it, but it's all I
have. I could try to sell it, but what car on the market truly gets
good gas mileage? A Mini Cooper?
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