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Tag: Vigoro organic potting mix

The Dutchest, Part II

So, that number on the soil bag is no help. “We don’t do returns.” Or stand by guarantees, evidently. Anyhoo, 30 minutes and several transfers later, and after speaking to another lovely South Philly return cashier, hope lingers. Supposedly if I dump some of the dirt (keep in mind that I bought nearly 150 pounds of this stuff) into a trash bag and bring it back to the store then they’ll refund me. We’ll see.

Later that same afternoon: Hey! The Depot called me back! $51.66 (I forgot about tax — I’m losing some of my Dutch cred) has been credited to my card. No lugging necessary. Thank very, very much. Customer service gold star.

So Annoyed. So Sad.

Crap soil. AGAIN. Leaves yellow. Stunted everything. Even the freaking basil isn’t growing. Thank you, Vigoro organic potting mix, thank you.

Need more? Something, a bird one suspects, judging from the slash-like wounds on the stems, the lack of tell-tale havoc in the surrounding dirt, and the omnivorous quality of the beast, has eaten everything. A freaking COMMON SPARROW, most likely. The poor tomato pictured here had staged a comeback. All the submerge leaves had made a desperate bid for daylight. It was so exciting! So green! So hopeful! So Christmas miracle-y in June-y. But nope, not to be. All plants on deck are dead this year, folks. Four cucumbers, three basil plants, three tomatoes…all eaten. White flag waved: it’s finished.

Fingers crossed for plants out front and the liberal application of organic (why bother?) fertilizer. The only thing that looks decent is the mystery tomato and the one surviving Early Girl — both of which were spiked with a traditional, evil, chemical-rich fertilizer stick. Sigh.

Posts about Vigoro organic potting mix written by plantsondeck

Is Vigoro Triple Mix safe for growing tomatoes?

I planted some kale and hot peppers in containers in my garden. A couple of days after filling out the containers I realized the soil I bought wasn’t an organic soil, just a Triple Mix type, Vigoro brand.

I’m wondering how safe it is to keep them, is non-organic soil suitable for growing plants I intend to eat (do they contain pesticides or other chemicals) ? I’m looking for MSDS or some kind of hazardous product DB to check what exactly is in them or at least some objective information that there isn’t adverse health effects from eating anything grown in it.

I don’t know if it makes a difference but the roots were only in contact with the soil for a couple of days until I switched them to an organic soil.

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Since anyone can set up their own triple mix business without regulation and there are no controls over what can actually be in it there is no such thing as a strict database of scientific information for this product; MSDS depends on the fact that the products listed are very narrowly defined and consistent.

There have been some efforts to define what triple mix is (see for example this website where the author claims a background in chemistry) but that of course only takes us so far. Once you identify primary ingredients such as topsoil, compost and other materials you then start asking well where did the compost come from? While it might sound organic we bear in mind that some of it might have come from street side pickup from Joe Blow’s yard where he insists on zero weeds and indulges in a chemo blitz to ensure that fact. Municipalities are trying hard to recycle stuff, and while they can effectively provide a big machine to chew up and turn the inputs they rely heavily on soil organisms to provide a good end product but in effect just throw it out the door once the hot fermentation is over.

A good source of information is reviews of widely sold products. When you see observations such as a “bag of dirty wet twigs” you are forewarned, and can take comfort when you see warmer reviews flattering the producer.

In my area there is a seasonal business which starts up each spring specializing in bulk soil, manure, peats, compost, stone and so on for landscapers and gardeners. It will probably be easier and more reliable to talk to them than to corporations. They may know the farmer who supplied the manure and a word from him might ease your mind about the quality.

The final word might be that root hairs do the final selection of what goes into a plant. Living things are pretty selective about what they allow to pass that barrier. See this treatment for a detailed discussion of how root hairs work. If you do not have your own garden and only require small quantities, find a gardener who will be willing to supply you directly with soil and insists on taking it back once you are finished with it.

Is Vigoro Triple Mix safe for growing tomatoes? I planted some kale and hot peppers in containers in my garden. A couple of days after filling out the containers I realized the soil I bought