Can I Use Your Soils with Slow-Release Fertilizer for Growing Vegetables?

“Can I use soils with controlled-release fertilizer for organically grown vegetables in pots? Are there any chemicals that wouldn’t be appropriate for organic gardening? Thank you!” Question from Jenny of Chatham, Massachusetts

Answer: Some of our soils contain slow-release fertilizers, and all of our products are natural & organic, including our soils with slow-release fertilizer, even though some lack the OMRI Listed seal. The OMRI Listed seal lets gardeners know that a product has been formally reviewed and approved for organic growing. You can also choose any one of our many OMRI Listed natural & organic potting mixes and add OMRI Listed fertilizer formulated for vegetable growing. Our new Black Gold Flower & Vegetable Soil would be perfect for your needs. I hope that this helps!

Have a great gardening season!

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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