My husband, knowing that I only use organic soil, had purchased a bag of Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice Potting Mix so that I could re-pot a few of my little green babies--orange tree seedlings and African violet babies, to be exact. Well let me tell ya...I got more than just dirt in that bag!
Not too long after I got everything re-potted, I started to notice little mushrooms (like the ones seen in this photo that I found online) growing among the orange seedlings and African violets. Knowing that it was more than likely due to the Miracle-Gro®, I just dealt with it by pulling out the 'shrooms whenever I saw them.
The other day, I opened the bag of Miracle-Gro® so that I could use the soil to pot one of the sages that was growing in my garden and found a nasty surprise inside...larvae worms! I wish I was better versed in entomology to be able to determine WHAT they were, but at that point I didn't really care and just dumped the remaining contents of the bag on the ground.
So much for that.
To make sure I wasn't the only one who ended up with a freak bag o' dirt, I did a little research online and found that many people were equally as frustrated and dissatisfied with this product as I was--if not more so.
So heed this warning, my gardening comrades: stay far, FAR away from Miracle-Gro® and any of its products. They are not good for your plants nor are they good for the environment. There are much better choices out there for organic soil, such as Espoma, FoxFarm, and Black Gold. If you feel that this info could be of use to others, please DO share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
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Until next time...