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Why Use Our Soil Mix

In a time of increasing food costs and decreasing salaries, the question of why to spend money on soil often presents itself.  Many people find it more logical to dig up their ground, add some soil amendments and plant.  At one time, this was the logical approach and standard practice.  However, many of us are finding ourselves with soil that has been degraded by current building practices (such as removing most of the topsoil in new construction) and polluted due by pesticides and herbicides.  Still others are moving in to homes that were built on top of or near old businesses that polluted the soil to a point that it is now considered “brownfield,” or soil too toxic to grow edibles in.

There is an old saying that “you are what you eat.”  If we are eating foods that are grown in soils with toxins, it would make sense that our bodies are taking in toxins.  We are also facing a food supply that is less nutrient dense than that of years past (  With this being said, it seems to make sense to use soil that will be easy to grow in as well as detoxify and enhance the existing soil.

That is where we come in.  Mel developed a soil mix in his All New Square Foot Gardening book that is an equal mix of Vermiculite, Peat and Compost (5 ingredient compost).   In our search for the best compost available, we found a 9  ingredient compost that came to be well known in Europe after the catastrophe in Chernobyl. Siegrfried Luebke was a soil microbiologist and organic farmer in Austria who had an “on farm” laboratory and had figured out how to add beneficial microbes into his compost so that it was TEAMING WITH LIFE. “Following downwind fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident, root vegetables raised on their farm were uniquely free of radioactive contamination in comparison to other farms in the region.”  (  This was traced back to the health of the soil microbes and fungal growth.  Recognizing the need for soil restoration and successful gardening, we have chosen to use  “luebke humus compost.”

Our soil mix contains the 9 ingredient humus crumb compost, bio char, vermiculite,  peat moss and mineral blend.

Lets face it, gardening is a daunting task for many of us and the easier we can make it for you, the more likely you are to continue gardening.