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Soil and Soil Amendments

AgRecycle offers bulk quantities of quality compost.  They will deliver large orders of their compost to your site or you can have a pickup truck loaded with fresh compost.  Visit their website for more information:

335 Braddock Ave.

Pittsburgh, Pa 15208



Craig’s list is a great source for compost and manure.  Visit their website at


Draguns Landscaping Supply offers mushroom manure, organic compost, screened topsoil and organic topsoil.  Visit their website for more information:

2458 Rochester Road

Sewickley, Pa 15143



East End Food Co-op sells soil and soil amendments like vermicompost “garden gold”.  Visit the co-op’s website for information

 7516 Meade Street

Pittsburgh, Pa 15208



Sandy Creek Supply offers screened soil, and a soil mix composed of leaf compost, mushroom manure, soil and sand.  For more information please call their phone number below. 

140 Sandy Creek Rd.

Verona, Pa 15147



Sestili Nursery Inc. offers farm soil, compost, mushroom manure as well as shredded bark.  Call their number below for more information about volume and prices. 

3721 Swinburne St.

Pittsburgh, Pa 15213



Pittsburgh Garden Experiment is member supported group of food growers and their organizations.  They provide “MoBitty Bits in a Bag” a fine-grade compost treated with active microbiology for maximum root growth and soil health.  For more information about this product or to join, visit:  

1618 Roland St

Green Suite

Pittsburgh, Pa 15203



Neptune’s Harvest Fertilizers, a division of Ocean Crest Seafoods, Inc., offer high quality organic fertilizers using byproducts from the fishing industry!  You can order fish, seaweed, kelp meal or crab shell fertilizers from their website   or call 800-259-4769. 

P.O. Box 1183

Gloucester, Ma 01931





Construction Junction is a good local source for reclaimed wood.  Visit their website for more information:  

214 N Lexington St

Pittsburgh, Pa 15208



Craig’s list is a potential resource for reusing materials.  Visit their website at

For information on Organic Alternatives to Treated Lumber please visit:


Seeds and Seedlings

Phipps offers many opportunities for you to purchase seeds and seedlings for your vegetable garden.  Please visit for more information.

700 Frank Curto

1 Schenley Park

Pittsburgh, PA 15213


o May Market is hosted by Phipps each year in early May.  This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a variety of vegetable and herb seedlings as well as beautiful flowers and other ornamentals.  Unfortunately, this year’s May Market has already come and gone, but please keep us in mind for next year. 


o Farmers at Phipps hosts many farmers, including Blackberry Meadows Farms, who sell seedlings each year.  Farmers at Phipps is every Wednesday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning June 2nd.

o The Shop at Phipps sells High Mowing Organic Seeds, soil tests and other garden supplies.  




Fedco Seeds is cooperatively owned by members and employees.  Fedco does not knowingly carry genetically engineered seed and offer over 300 organic seed varieties.  To learn more about Fedco visit


Horizon Herbs sells certified organic medicinal herb and vegetable seeds, plants and roots.  Visit their on-line catalog at


Oikos Tree Crops sells fruit and nut trees.  Visit their website for more information


Seeds of Change offer 100% certified organic seed for vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  Their many varieties of quality seeds include heirloom, native and hard to find varieties.  For more information or to place an order, visit their website 


Seed Savers Exchange specializes in heirloom varieties of vegetables and offer over 200 organic seed varieties.  Their on-live catalog is available at  


Seed catalogs with container garden recommendations


Burpee has an on-line catalog with 12 varieties of vegetables recommended for container use including varieties of tomatoes, peppers, basil and eggplant.  Burpee also offers some organic seeds and products. Visit their website at


High Mowing Organic Seeds specializes in organic seeds.  The catalog is available on-line and a site search of “container” will show 12 vegetables recommended for container growing.  Access their catalog at  Locally, High Mowing seeds can be purchased at The Shop at Phipps and the East End Food Co-op.    


Johnny’s Selected Seeds offers over 300 varieties of organic seeds.  Johnny’s catalog is available on-line and is coded with suggestions for vegetables that grow well in containers.  To learn more about Johnny’s please visit




East End Food Co-op sells seedlings, seeds, soil and soil amendments like vermicompost “garden gold”.  Visit the co-op’s website for information

7516 Meade Street

Pittsburgh, Pa 15208



Edible Landscaping sells a variety of herbs as well as hardy fruits and nuts, all of which can be ordered in pretty large pots.  Visit their on-line catalog at  


Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery specialize in high quality, Certified Naturally Grown vegetable and herb seedlings including heirloom tomatoes, sweet ethnic and specialty peppers, hot peppers and eggplants.  You can purchase seedlings directly from the farm or from Construction Junction and the East End Food Co-op, among other local vendors.  For a complete list of vendors and their locations as well as a list of available seedlings, please visit their website

806 Holland Avenue

Wilkinsburg (Pittsburgh), Pa 15221



Grow Pittsburgh sells a variety of seedlings from asparagus to heirloom tomatoes and strawberries.  For a complete list of their vegetable, fruit and herb seedlings visit their website shown below:  Many of their seedlings can be found at local markets, including The Urban Gardener in the North Side and Whole Foods Market in East Liberty.  A complete list of vendors is included on their website. 

5429 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pa 15206



Pittsburgh Garden Experiment creates and sells seed bombs or ready-to-plant seed mixes with clay, compost and nutrients. They currently carry 5 varieties:  Rain Garden, Shady Mix, Bug Bombs, Herbal Mix, and Prescription Mix.  You can find the PGE catalog at local businesses namely, Dozen Bake Shop.  They will soon have online ordering at their website  

1618 Roland St

Green Suite

Pittsburgh, Pa 15203



The Urban Gardener sells vegetable and herb seedlings, as well as, organic ‘Seeds of Change’ seeds.  They sell a variety of vegetable seedlings, including organic vegetable seedlings from Grow Pittsburgh.

1901 Brighton Road (Northside)
Pittsburgh, Pa 15212

412-323-GROW (4769)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2012 2:30 pm

    Where can I buy ORGANIC compost or manure here in Pittsburgh?
    All manure I have found is non-organic which may
    contain GMO corn, hormones, etc. I want a manure
    from a cow that ate grass, and lives organically. Or
    compost completely organic, composted from organic
    produce and plants, with no pollutants.

    • April 3, 2012 11:47 am

      Hello – Thanks for the comment. This is a diffiuclut question to answer in this region. We looked for organic compost a while back for Phipps and nothing turned up. If someone is doing it, I don’t think they are selling it to the public.

      You could list Steel City Soils – Also, AgRecycle does a lot of testing on their compost, and provides some of the cleanest compost around, but they accept clippings from any and all landscapers that pay, which means a lot of grass and landscape chemicals go into their compost. They sell their compost at their site in Wilkinsburg (Braddock Ave) and in the past have sold it in bags at Whole Foods and the East End Food Co-op. Something else to keep in mind, though, is that compost has been used in land remediation projects because it has been found to bind toxic metals, making them less accessible to plants in the soil.

  2. January 12, 2014 8:17 pm

    I run a seed ball business in Central PA. We have native wildflower seed balls, seed ball/seed bomb matrix, and lots of expert seed ball advice on our site. Here is our website: I’d love to help make Pittsburgh a greener place!


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