Nature's Care 72259120 Organic Raised Bed Soil
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- Specifically formulated with rich organic matter and high-quality nutrients
- No soil mixing required and ideal for raised garden beds
- Gives fruits, vegetables and flowers what they need to thrive in a raised bed garden
- OMRI listed for organic use
- Only ships to CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI
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From the manufacturer
Simple, Organic Soil For Your Raised Bed Garden
Simple, Down-To-Earth Gardening
Nature’s Care products are brought to you by the makers of Miracle-Gro. Crafted with simplicity and inspired by the miracles of Mother Nature, our soils, plant food and controls are formulated for the mindful home gardener.
Get The Right Root-Trients for Raised Bed Gardens
Yes, that’s right - we’ve got Root-Trients! Our raised bed soil has ingredients like alfalfa meal, kelp meal, earthworm castings and bone meal to make your flowers, fruits and vegetables grow up happy.
Let Your Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers Thrive!
All dirt is not created equal. Our organic soil is specially formulated for raised beds and nourishes your fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants with the right amount of TLC to make them grow up happy in their raised bed.
How To Use In Three Simple Steps
First, fill your raised bed with the soil. Then plant and water! Easy as 1-2-3! After a month - or when your plants start to look droopy - you will want to give them some extra love with your favorite Nature’s Care Raised Bed Plant Food.
Plants in a raised bed rely on you to tuck them in just right. Nature's Care organic raised bed soil is specifically formulated with rich organic matter & high-quality nutrients that help give your bedded fruits, veggies & flowers what they need with no mixing required! doesn't it feel good to treat your plants right?
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I do not want neuro-toxic aluminum in my soil, nor do I want hormone-disrupting plasticizes leaching their way into my food.
I purchased this because it was OMRI certified. I thought this meant something. I learned that all of the other brands at Home Depot/Lowes who advertise "organic" on their labels are scams. Even the nice, albeit ignorant, folks working in the garden centers of the Home Depot and Lowes think this means the soil and amendments were derived from organic sources that were never treated with any chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or if using cow, pig or chicken manure then it means it was sourced from organically fed animals, so therefore no GMO's, antibiotics, herbicides, etc in their feed. They, like many of us, have been duped. Intentionally.
I learned this by contacting the different manufacturers. But I was assured "compositing should break down these toxins". Or, my favorite, "our manure comes only from cows in Erie Colorado - and these are really GOOD cows". LMBO!
These manufacturers, including Scotts with their so-called Nature's Care brand, are all capitalizing on the term "organic" and "natural" - and getting away with it. I learned that as long as something man-made has not been added, then by definition all carbon-based materials such as dirt, manure, bark, etc is organic.
So this begs the question, how the heck is aluminum foil or plastic considered organic material? And what does ORMI have to say about this? The USDA refuses to implement an organic certification program for soil products, such as they have for food, yet they do certify plants and seeds. There is a reason they do not certify these products and you can bet it is because the industry doesn't want it. The agricultural industry has experienced public backlash against chemicals and GMO's, and they sure don't want you to know these toxins are invading your "organic" gardens too.
As a result, OMRI is a private organization, suposedly dedicated to insuring their seal means the soil product has met rigorous standards that are equal to the USDA organic standards. But the fact that Scotts is getting away with adding toxic ingredients indicates OMRI is a just a pay-to-play organization and completely lacking in credibility.
So what to do? As a nutritionist for 30 years I've researched everything imaginable and I intend to learn all I can about the purposely deceptive practices by many soil and amendments suppliers. FYI - GMO's cannot be "broken down" by composting -- never. Genetically modified organism have had their DNA imprinted into the organism - sometimes innocuously like hybridization to remove seeds such as watermelons (which is still questionable), and other times a pesticide, like BT Toxin, has been implanted into the DNA that is set to detonate in the lining of the gut (a bugs gut AND a human's gut). It kills the corn invaders, but it also alters our guts, perhaps irreversibly. Most non-organic animal feed is going to contain corn because it is a cheap government-subsidized crop. And most corn contains BT toxin (including most organic corn due to cross-contamination). If you use manure from livestock (or use amendments that contain corn meal) then you have infected your organic garden with GMO's, as simple as that. I mention this so you can beware of any animal manure or corn-derived amendments. Manure tends to be a component in most commercial composts, including mushroom. The Raised Bed Soil product reviewed here has a very strong odor of cow manure - and I do not trust its source. Vegans should be cautioned here also.
I wouldn't have bothered to write such a detailed review anywhere else, but I figure anyone willing to pay double for OMRI certified organic soil is doing so because they care enough to want a truly organic garden and they are hip to the commercialization/destruction of our food supply.
The question remains, if OMRI is allowing Scotts Nature's Garden to get away with adding aluminum foil and plastic, what else is in this bag? What is the source of the manure? Scotts cannot (will not?) tell me.
At this point I am looking into another certifying body, The California Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program (FMIP). "Environmental scientists and Research Analysts review product labels for misleading claims and compliance with the California Fertilizing Materials Law and Regulations". "Companies who comply with the Registered Organic Input Materials may reflect or bear the CDFA logo". Does this mean anything? Who knows, but I am about to find out.
I'm not sure if I am allowed to update this review - if so I will try to update info here as I learn more with suggested products. If I cannot update this review then I will paste this review in Amazon on one or more of the Scotts Nature's Garden soil sales pages. You might be able to find it by looking at my amazon profile under Leslie Estes, Nutritionist. My goal is to bring public awareness to just one more agriculture market scam. The USDA is owned by Big Ag so this is no surprise, but there is no putting the genie back in the bottle once the public becomes aware - and we vote, not at the voting booth, but with our pocketbooks.
I hope this review is helpful.