How to Choose the Right Organic Products for Your Garden

Have you heard the buzz? Not only is organic gardening beneficial for super-important pollinators like bees and butterflies, but it's also pretty darned easy. And despite the rumors, you don't have to settle for less when you choose to grow organically. In fact, when you grow with Miracle-Gro® Organics soils and plant foods, you'll be rewarded with up to twice the bounty—blooms or harvest, depending on what you're growing—compared to unfed plants.

Here's a handy guide to help you choose the best organic soil and plant food to get your garden growing.

The Right Organic Soil for You

To get your organic garden off to an impressive start, lay the foundation with spectacular soil that's ideal for how you plan to grow: in containers or raised beds, or right in the ground.

Your garden style: Containers

Your soil: Miracle-Gro® Organics Potting Mix for Vegetables & Herbs

If you plan to plant in pots, starting with great soil is especially important since you're dealing with limited growing space. Garden soil is too heavy for use in containers—along with the frequent watering most pots need, such soil can compact, suffocating your plants' precious roots. Miracle-Gro® Organics Potting Mix for Vegetables & Herbs, on the other hand, provides a light, fluffy, nutritious growing environment—perfect for developing strong root systems that easily absorb nutrients.

Your garden style: Raised beds

Your soil: Miracle-Gro® Organics Garden Mix for Vegetables and Herbs

Blended with aged compost and specifically formulated for raised bed and inground gardens, Miracle-Gro® Organics Garden Mix for Vegetables and Herbs offers a fabulous foundation to get maximum performance out of your raised beds. It's full of nutrients and is just the right weight and texture for raised bed growing. Not sure how much soil you'll need to fill your raised bed? Check out the chart on the bag—it will help you calculate just the right amount.

Your garden style: In-ground/traditional

Your soil: Miracle-Gro® Organics Garden Mix for Vegetables and Herbs

Planting in-ground is a great way to both grow lots of food and cover your landscape with a riot of colorful blooms. Chances are, though, your existing soil —which may be rocky, clay-heavy, sandy, or just overworked—could use a bit of help. That's where Miracle-Gro® Organics Garden Mix for Vegetables and Herbs comes in. To improve composition and nutrition, just mix 3 inches of this aged compost-enriched soil in with the top 6 inches of your native soil, and start planting.

The Right Organic Plant Food for You

Just like human babies, plant babies need just the right kind of food throughout the growing season to thrive—that's why feeding your plants with a specially designed plant food is so important.

If you love garden-to-table meals and grow loads of edibles like tomatoes, strawberries, and basil, pick a plant food that's designed to boost harvests. Feed with Miracle-Gro® Organics Plant Food Granules for Vegetables & Herbs. Water thoroughly. For best results, make sure to repeat application every 4 weeks. Follow up with Miracle-Gro® Organics Plant Food for Vegetables & Herbs. Feed every 7 days by soaking the soil at the base of each plant to get nutrition down to the roots.