dirt giphy


Yes, I know that you may find it hard to believe. But in today’s ever-equalizing society … Not all dirt is created equal.

Now, that is not totally a negative thing.

It stands to reason that the pompous cacti would need different soil requirements that of delicate orchids.

But did you know the governmental agencies are placing ever-increasing  requirements on potting soils?

Topsoil is likely composed of sand or clay, essentially just ground up rocks from the quarry) mixed with compost.

Potting soil is likely a mixture of peat moss and composted sawdust from the local log mill.

Gardening soil (a much fancier word for topsoil) is sold after it is mixed with manures and compost. (Of course, if you are a connoisseur of soils, you know that all manure is not created equal either!)

Potting soil exists in a reality of its own making. Potting soil consists of all the difficult to pronounce natural elements- and some unnatural elements- to allow your potted plants to flourish: moss, sphagnum, bark, coconut husks, vermiculite, and coir.

Now, you have the battle of the name brands.

Some Miracle-Gro Potting Mix commercials promise miraculous tomatoes.

Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Soil, Espoma Organic Potting Soil, and Hoffman Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix seem to guarantee that only organic plants are used in its composting endeavors.  (I am so glad they stopped using unnatural, non-organic plants!)

Then there is the Magical Peat Moss Potting Soils. (I didn’t know the government had authorized the use of magic? Is magic organically tested?)

I am so very confused from the never-ending, ever-changing choices of soils.

It is a wonder my dad was able to ever grow anything on his farm. He lacked all this basic knowledge.

But wait, Dad did say something about planting after full moons. Was Dad a wizard? (I wonder if the government knew.)


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