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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-31-2014, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Target Organic Potting Soil

Has anyone come across Target's organic potting soil? I was at my local store this past weekend and noticed a 20 lb. bag in the garden section for only $7. The product isn't listed online, but it was definitely available at the store I was at. I know that any organic potting soil should be good to use as a dirt substrate for fish tanks. I'm just wondering if anyone has come across this at their local Target. I know that MGOCPM is already a good value at $5 per 8 quart bag, but that 8 quart bag translates to about an 8 lbs. The Target organic potting soil is obviously an even better value. Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone a head's up for future reference. I'll post a picture later to show you what it looks like. I would've picked up a bag myself, but it's too much for the 10g I plan on dirting.
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i saw some there over the weekend. I might pick some up to use for my terrestrial plants first and see what it looks like. If it's got less twigs and wood then MG I'll give it a whirl. Screening the MG is a PITA.
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I think I'm going to take the plunge and buy a bag today. Someone has to take the plunge. It might as well be me.
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Here are some pics I took of the bag. I'm going to try to buy the bag in a little bit, and I'll take pictures of what the actual soil looks like when I open it.
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By comparison, a 16 quart bag of MGOCPM (17.5 lbs.) sells for $8 on Amazon, and the 32 quart bag sells for $10. It's still a great value all-around, but this soil does give you more for less money.
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Well, I picked up my bag. I won't have time to open it tonight, but I'll probably be able to do so tomorrow. I'll take a pic of the soil as well as the back of the package (with the ingredients) as soon as I can.
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Would you post the ingredient list?

If it's too high in compost/manure, you may have constant issues with ammonia spikes and/or algae blooms unless you go through the steps to mineralize it first.





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Would you post the ingredient list?

If it's too high in compost/manure, you may have constant issues with ammonia spikes and/or algae blooms unless you go through the steps to mineralize it first.
If I remember correctly, it has no manure. I'm not sure about the compost although I don't think this should be an issue. I'll try to take a pic of the ingredients tonight so that I can post it tomorrow.
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OK. Here are the ingredients:
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Also, according to the package, the soil contains no synthetic chemicals and no manure. Here's a link to the company website: http://ecoscraps.com/soil/

The soil supposedly looks like this (haven't opened the bag yet), but I'm not sure if this is the garden or potting soil:
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It would be fantastic if the potting soil actually looks like the picture in the previous post. Now I'm really curious about opening it up.
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One other thing I wanted to mention is that the 8 quart bag (7.5 lbs.) sells for $7 (plus $3.99 shipping) on the company website, but it's the 20 lbs. bag that sells for $7 at Target.
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I opened up the bag last night just to see what the soil looks like. There are definitely little sticks in there, but from what I could tell, most of the bag is filled with dirt. It doesn't look like it will be difficult to sift. The soil does have little white rocks in there as well, which I've discovered is perlite. Does anyone know if it's OK to leave this in the soil? At any rate, I'm going to try sifting tonight, so I'll have pictures of the soil posted tomorrow.
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Anyone have any opinions as to whether I should leave the perlite in the soil or sift it? As I understand it, it's harmless to livestock and actually helps keep soil from compacting. The only real negative is that it may float to the surface if it gets loose. However, a sand cap should keep it down. I'd only have to worry about the perlite if I uprooted plants, and even then, it should be fairly easy to net out the stuff that floats to the surface, correct?
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Perlite should be harmless.

It might work it's way to the surface eventually (like empty osmocote balls or sticks from MGOCPM, etc.), but it might also get waterlogged, I don't know.

If it does surface, it should be fairly easy to remove with a vacuum or something.

Or, if you don't want to put it in, soaking the soil, stirring it up, and pouring off the floaties should help, I think...
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