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Where to Get Organic Soil

Updated on March 2, 2013

While organic gardening can be a great way to take an active role in you or your family's health, making sure your garden is truly organic plays an important part as well. Organic soil has the benefit of being clean and... well... natural. Not to say other soils are unnatural or fake (that would be weird :P) however they may contain anything from glass to chemicals. Depending on the amount of soil you need for your garden, organic may simply be too expensive. There are also few places where you can buy in bulk and understanding that the cost will be greater than non-organic regardless of whether you buy in bulk or not.

The cheapest places to get organic soil will always be nature, however you want to be careful if you choose to take soil from nature that it will have a sufficient amount of nutrients for the plants you want to grow, that there are no contaminants (chemical or otherwise), and that you have permission from the owner of the land to take any. Other points to consider when gathering your own soil is the consistency for your plants. If the soil is full of rocks, sand, or clay will your plants be able to thrive?

Buying soil in bulk takes some work as well. You need to find a place to buy organic soil, check the consistency and make sure you know what you are paying for. The first time we bought "organic soil" we didn't check the contents and subsequently when we had it delivered and started to spread it out we found glass, plastic and other trash.

If you don't need a lot of organic soil or you have the budget of buying numerous bags of soil instead of bulk, it can be as easy as visiting your local department store. Many department stores now sell organic seeds and soil in their garden departments. You will only need to decide how much soil you want and what will best suit your plants needs. If you don't have a department or garden supply store nearby, you can always buy online. You will need to keep in mind that you will most likely have to pay shipping and handling fees as well as the price of the soil you want. Before you buy organic soil online you want to make sure the soil you are buying and/or the company you are buying from are reputable and have good reviews (or that you are at least able to return or get a refund if you are unsatisfied).

Whatever your choice in method of getting organic soil, remember that it is not a miracle soil and your plants will not thrive if not properly taken care of. In other words, if your plants die or do poorly, do not be so quick as to judge the soil itself, rather take into account the care that was taken. Good luck in all of your gardening adventures!


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    • IronicDiscovery profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you for the comments, I am glad you found my article useful and interesting. Thank you for the vote up as well :)

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      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Planning my garden, very useful and interesting. Well written and thank you...

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Good information. Voted up and useful.


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