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Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Soil is so versatile it works for everything from hanging baskets to raised vegetable beds. This is not just any soil, it’s a precise blend of everything your plants need to look their best and produce abundantly. Because it’s listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute, you can be sure your organic food crops grown in this enriched soil remain blessedly chemical free.
The scientists at Black Gold have worked hard to create the very best combination of organic matter and drainage enhancers. The base is not filled with woody matter like low cost soils which can be notoriously low in nutrients. Ours is strictly created with sphagnum peat moss, compost and finely ground forest products for water retention and overall nutrition. To prevent packing down and ensure perfect drainage, optimal proportions of coarse perlite and pumice are incorporated for a moist, yet aerated root zone.
What really boosts this potting soil is the addition of screened worm castings, which contain a wide range of biological benefits. These byproducts of earthworms contain the very stuff of plant life: microscopic organisms that turn potting soil from a collection of organic matter into a living breathing soil teeming with microbes. Castings are also rich in minerals and micronutrients, which are so often lacking in man-made soils. The combination of organic matter, microbes and nutrients are three most important elements of the organic garden, driving the decomposition process that feeds plants naturally. Many of the microbes can also benefit plant growth, disease resistance and the ability to survive a dry spell.
So don’t buy one soil for your organic garden and another to power your flowers through the season when there’s a single organic product that does it all. The real benefit of such a perfect blend is its longevity, because living soil is literally self sufficient. It rarely requires replacement because this soil doesn’t wear out like cheaper brands that can never be coaxed to produce well the second or third season. Count on Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Soil to remain fertile and well drained today and years down the road for a clean, chemical-free, sustainable garden.
Maureen Gilmer has been a noted figure in horticultural journalism for over 30 years. She is author of 18 gardening books and writer of Yardsmart, a national column syndicated by Scripps Howard News Service. She is also garden columnist for the Desert Sun newspaper in the international resort town of Palm Springs. Maureen is a public speaker and former host of Weekend Gardening on the DIY Channel. She lives in Morongo Valley with her husband Jim and two rescue pit bulls. When not writing or photographing she is usually out riding her quarter horse.← previous post: Raised Garden Beds In Dry Country