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Making Space for Gardening: The Portland Community Garden Story

Gardeners in an Oregon community garden harvest late-season vegetables. (Image by Dawn Grunwald)
Throughout the United States, urban community gardens have become a common thread that helps bring communities together, in cities large and small. Most community gardens have similar goals. In addition to supplying families with fresh produce, they encourage physical activity, provide needed green space, and a relaxed way to meet your neighbor.
No matter where […]

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Sneak A Peak!

Nan Sterman Black Gold Written by Nan Sterman
I tend to divide the world into two kinds of people: those who walk or drive down a street, oblivious to their surroundings; and those who notice everything, especially cool gardens.  The latter group often dreams of strolling through gates and peaking over fences into backyards and courtyards.
If you notice everything (and of course you do), this is your lucky day.  Or at least […]

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Perlite and Pumice in Potting Soil

BG Perlite frontHave you ever wondered what those little white things in your potting soil are? In most instances they are perlite and/or pumice. Perlite is a mined siliceous rock that is heated and expanded, or “popped” like popcorn, into a white lightweight material, while pumice is a soft, insert-mined stone that often comes from Oregon. What makes Black Gold® Perlite and Black Gold® Pumice particularly desirable is that both are screened […]

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The Best House Plant Potting Soil

BG African Violet front-2Do your houseplants need to be re-potted? If so, Black Gold® offers a wide variety of product choices. We have four specialty mixes to choose from in addition to three standard all-purpose mixes. They are the perfect house plant potting soils.
Black Gold® African Violet Mix – Finicky African violets thrive in this blend of Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, compost, pumice, earthworm castings and screened forest humus. The pH has been […]

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All About Black Gold® Garden Compost

Black Gold Garden Compost Blend is a wonderful amendment and mulch for strawberry beds.Black Gold Garden Compost Blend is a wonderful amendment and mulch for strawberry beds.
One of the secret ingredients used by successful gardeners is Black Gold® Garden Compost Blend. What exactly is garden compost? Compost happens when microbes break down or decompose organic or living matter. The next time you are on a walk in a forest, look down at the […]

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Sun Gro, the Leader in Sustainable Peat Moss

BG Peat Moss 3 8cu bale frontSun Gro, the makers of Black Gold®, is North America’s largest producer of horticultural-grade peat and the largest distributor of peat moss and peat and bark-based growing mixes. We are also the leader in ensuring the sustainability of this important natural resource. We help ensure sustainable peat moss products reach consumers.
We endorse the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association’s definition of sustainable peatland management as the “balanced […]

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Black Gold® Hy-porosity Natural and Organic Potting Soil

Black Gold Potting SoilAs you may or may not know, Sun Gro Horticulture is the largest supplier of growing mixes to professional greenhouse and nursery growers across North America. One of the more popular professional growing mixes is Sunshine® Mix #4. It was developed by Sun Gro’s team of horticulturalists based on initial work done by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Mix #4 is a blend of peat […]

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