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One of my home goals is to becoming more self sustaining on our homestead. I’ve been gardening for years, and yet last summer was the first time I had tremendous success with providing enough to feed my family throughout the summer months.
There’s a huge learning curve with really being able to grow produce and flowers well,and it’s finally gotten through my brain that I need to research my ground soil and then prepare my soil well. So many years, I spent tons of time buying starter plants and planting, but my soil was not prepared and then I didn’t spend the time fertilizing. We have acidic soil and a successful garden is so much more than just putting the plants into the garden.
I’ve tried organic gardening, but last year, I think a huge part of my success was supplementing just a bit with Miracle Gro. Throughout the years, this has been key to so many people achieving beautiful plants and my experience was no different. It continues fertilizing, even when my gardening guru status wanes.
This year, I am really excited to use Expand ‘n Gro™
All natural Coconut choir is at the heart of this product. Coir is a lightweight, all‐natural material derived from coconut husk. I spent a lot of time tilling (or I tasked my big boys to do it for me) and tilling this planting mix into my soil can reduce the soil’s bulk density – making it up to 40% lighter, and creating up to 90% more air space. This is KEY for my soil. It makes it more workable with better water holding ability, moisture distribution and drainage, and by July, when I want to throw my “gardening hat” to the ground when it’s 100 degrees outside, this is so important.
Some of it’s benefits:
-Up to 3X the Flowers and Vegetables!* *versus native soil
-Significantly improves soil for multiple years
-Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is added
-Feeds for up to 6 months
-All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil
If you are thinking ahead to your veggie and flower garden this summer, I highly encourage you to check it out. Some of you may already be getting your cool weather plants in the ground and this will be a great help in soil prep.
Are any of you thinking ahead to planting season, whether you are doing some container gardening or beds? Are you wanting to try something different this year?
I’d love to pick someone to sample this Expand and Gro. Comment about what you are doing with your garden this summer.