Organic Soils Brings you Bigger, Better Plants
Organic soils are soils that are made from decomposed plant or animal material. Sphagnum
moss, manure, composted bark fines, and decayed leaves or grass can create organic soil.
Because they are made of decayed material, organic soils can contain good nutrients for your
plants. You can make your garden soil more organic by buying organic soil or soil amendments
and working them in.
Types of Organic Soil Amendments
There are many types of amendments that can be mixed into your native soil to add organic
This is the soil amendment you can make yourself, for free. You can use decayed organic
materials such as grass clippings, leaves, fruit and vegetable food wastes, and coffee grounds.
Put it in a compost pile and let it decay. The result is a rich organic amendment. If you don't
want to make your own, you can buy it in bags or bulk.
Commercially available manure is rich in organic nutrients. But remember, not all manure is
alike. Look for farm manure from steers, cows, or chickens that has been mixed with bedding
material and allowed to compost for at least 2 months.
Sphagnum Peat Moss
This material comes from decomposed peat moss mined from bogs. It has lots of nutrients and
excellent water-holding capacity. Use it on your acid-loving plants such as azaleas and
Leaf mold is a great source of nitrogen and potassium for your soil. Better yet, it costs
you nothing since you make it by composting your own leaves.
Sawdust made from trees, trimmings and bark helps to improve the drainage and texture of
organic garden soils. Mix it into your organic soil for a light, airy texture. Be careful not
to use sawdust from treated lumber, because of the chemicals used to treat it.
Premium Garden soil
Of course, you can save yourself the trouble of making, buying, and mixing separate
amendments altogether. Instead, go for a blended garden soil, such as Miracle-Gro® Organic
Choice Garden Soil.