Any of our Kellogg Garden Organics and G&B Organics soils that are made as a Potting Mix are ready to use right out of the bag. While these soils can be used in the ground to help with moisture retention and nutrient revitalization, they are typically used in containers such as raised beds, pots, and window boxes.
Soils that are referred to as Garden Soil or a Planting Mix should always be mixed with the native soil found in your garden. The benefits of garden soils and planting mixes are to revitalize your native soil, rebuilding life in the soil to provide a healthy environment to grow full, lush plants. These soils also add structure to native soil, helping break up clay soils and open up the soil to allow air and water to penetrate deeper. This gives plant roots the opportunity to “stretch” and go deeper into the ground where it is cooler.
There are, however, some exceptions with some of our soils that are formulated to be mixed with either native soil or used right out of the bag, so you have the flexibility to plant right in your garden or landscape or use for container planting, depending on your gardening project. Kellogg Garden Organics has three such soil products:
There are complementary products in the G&B Organics brand as well:
To get more information on specific products:
You will find our Garden Soils and Planting Mixes to be a little more course than Potting Mixes because we use a fair amount of wood fines in our Garden Soils and Planting Mixes – this helps with soil structure. Some think it reminds them of mulch. It can be used for that application, but don’t be fooled, there’s a lot of great soil microbe activity in that Garden Soil that is great for “in the soil” as much as it is for “on the soil,” like mulch. The native soil in your garden beds and landscapes will respond with bigger, fuller plants, adding new growth that will make your garden a delight.
For more information on Why We Choose Wood, click here to read more.