Since the beginning Dirt Hugger has produced compost according to Organic standards; and we have been OMRI Listed for organic production. We are open to the public for bulk product pickup. We can also deliver to the Gorge area. Volume discounts are available for landscapers, farms or large projects. We have detailed lab results; if you’re interested in more detail please contact us. Also, be sure to check out our compost use tips. Here’s a menu of what’s on tap at the Black Gold Mine.
Organic Compost – $45/yd or $7.99/cf bag
Dirt Hugger compost is a dark, rich, Organic compost made from wood, brush, local fruit, spent brewery yeast, and food scraps from our commercial curbside program. We screen compost to less than 3/8” size, and it is perfect for amending the sandy loam soils in the Columbia Gorge. We recommend applying Dirt Hugger compost in a 2-3″ topdress, and/or tilling it 6-8” deep into existing soil. Compost can provide organic content and nutrients, and your local soil will provide the mineral content creating a balanced environment for plant growth.
Garden Blend – $50/yd or $9.99/cf bag
Dirt Hugger Garden Blend was created for those newly built raised beds for the spring gardener. The Garden Blend contains Dirt Hugger Compost, local soil (1″ minus), and aged bark. The Blend is plant-in ready and recommended for any gardening or landscaping project where tilling the local soil is impossible or undesirable. (Note: the topsoil component of this product is not guaranteed to be weed seed or pathogen free as it has not been through the composting process- which is true of most any topsoil you find).
Organic Compost blended with a 1″ minus screened local soil, Dirt Hugger’s 50/50 Blend offers a simple solution for grass seeding and landscaping on rocky or impenetrable areas. Apply 4 to 6 inches to the surface of your desired lawn area and seed.
Potting Mix – $149/yd or $11.99/cf bag
Designed to be light, fluffy, and ready-to-go, Dirt Hugger Potting Mix contains a special blend of our Organic Compost, Peat, Perlite, Blood Meal, Colloidal Phosphate, and Kelp Meal. Available by the yard or half yard.
A tested and proven proprietary potting soil, Sky Puncher offers the perfect environment for root development with a base made up of Organic Compost, Peat, and Perlite. Optimized nutrition levels are achieved from a careful blend of organic amendments. If there is one soil to fill your growing container with, this is it.
High Output- $299/yd
With a base mix of Organic Compost, Coco-Coir, and Perlite plus over nine other amendments, High Output will increase yield and quality while reducing the need for supplemental amendments. This is a supersoil–fill the bottom of your planting container with High-Output and a “lower dose” Potting Mix or Sky Puncher on top. Available by the yard and 1 cf bag.
For those looking to keep costs down, we’ll blend up an essential light and fluffy Base Blend media composed of Compost, Peat, and Perlite. Any other inputs or amendments can be added at home, top dressed or watered-in.
Bark Nuggets – $45/yd
Classic fir decorative bark nuggets. Great for landscaped beds or paths. Works well for weed suppression and moisture retention. Better for windy areas where bark dust might blow away. Recommended 2-4″ for good coverage.
Bark Chips (1-2″) – $35/yd
Classic fir decorative bark mulch screened to 2” minus. Great for landscaped beds or paths. Works well for weed suppression and moisture retention. Better for windy areas where bark dust might blow away. Recommended 2-4″ for good coverage.
Bark Dust (1′ minus)- $35/yard
Classic red fir bark dust screened to 1″ minus. Great for landscaped beds or paths. Works well for weed suppression and moisture retention. Creates a blanket for enhanced weed control. Recommended 2-4″ depth for good coverage.
We can blend amendments in the compost to create custom compost. Let us know about your custom blend needs. We love making new products.
Orchard Blend – $35/yd
The Orchard Blend contains compost with an increased woody fraction, which is thought to benefit fruit tress and plants. In field application, the compost works into soils while the woody component can help serve as a mulching layer. We’ve worked with this for a couple of growing seasons and seen some early results in emergence and vigor.
We recently completed the bioswale job on the exciting new Lewis and Clark Festival Park in downtown The Dalles. The project taught us a bunch about infiltration rates, sieve tests and custom blends for bioswales. If you are developing a swale or large construction project we can now do custom multi-product blends to meet landscape architecture specs. Click here to learn more about bioswales.