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Need a Substitute for Miracle Gro (Original Post) Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 OP
Compost tea would be an organic substitute. Arkansas Granny Aug 2012 #1
Fish goo, Seaweed goo and compost Viva_La_Revolution Aug 2012 #2
I like Bill's Perfect Fertilizer MuseRider Aug 2012 #3
Worm poop. beac Aug 2012 #4
"Osmacote slow release" lasts up to 9 months and has worked well for us.... Rowdyboy Aug 2012 #5
not sure it's still around, and don't know their political leanings oldhippydude Aug 2012 #6
Nope. Circular firing squad there. Denninmi Aug 2012 #7
thanks oldhippydude Aug 2012 #8
And Whitney's Organics was also purchased by Scotts Gormy Cuss Aug 2012 #13
These buy outs are making me really angry. glinda Sep 2012 #16
Lady Bug. It's all I use. Javaman Aug 2012 #9
I believe Scotts is ultimately owned by...... PuraVidaDreamin Aug 2012 #10
TerraCycle or other worm compost. silverweb Aug 2012 #11
Kelp. And you can grow your own roody Aug 2012 #12
Update Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 #14
Brava, Le Taz! beac Aug 2012 #15
Worm tea. A worm bin. JDPriestly Oct 2012 #17
See post #14. Le Taz Hot Oct 2012 #18

Arkansas Granny

(31,575 posts)
1. Compost tea would be an organic substitute.
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:52 AM
Aug 2012

You can find directions here:


This place also has a lot of gardening products that are environmentally responsible. I've bought from them before and have had a good experience.



(28,791 posts)
2. Fish goo, Seaweed goo and compost
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:08 AM
Aug 2012

A gallon of fish fertilizer is about $12. A quart size bottle will last me all season with some left over. Seaweed is a little more, but excellent for blooms. compost contains all the micro nutrients and microbuggies that keep soil alive.

Chemical ferts like miracle grow do more damage than good in my opinion.


(34,206 posts)
3. I like Bill's Perfect Fertilizer
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:10 AM
Aug 2012

Here is a link to a site you can purchase it from. It does a great job both as a drench or as a foliar feed. I think everything I have used it on has grown well, stays healthier so I use it on everything now.



(9,992 posts)
4. Worm poop.
Thu Aug 9, 2012, 12:11 PM
Aug 2012

I use Wiggle Worm brand:

http://homeharvest.com/soilamendmentswormcastings.htm http://www.vermiculture.com/store_soil_builder.html
(I buy mine locally at the organic gardening store, but it's available many other places online too.)

One 15lb bag lasts me a whole season with some left over for winter houseplant gardening.


(22,057 posts)
5. "Osmacote slow release" lasts up to 9 months and has worked well for us....
Fri Aug 10, 2012, 01:04 AM
Aug 2012

We don't use any other chemicals-just compost and osmacote.

I wass really disappointed to see the news about the people at "Miracle-gro". I've used it in the past but I never will again.


(2,514 posts)
6. not sure it's still around, and don't know their political leanings
Fri Aug 10, 2012, 01:28 AM
Aug 2012

but for water soluble fertilizers... W.R. Grace co.. used to market a number of formulations under the label "peters".. while i agree as gardner with the organic folks, i worked a number of years as a retail nurseryman, and used the peters products extensively.. they have a number of formulations available from greenhouse supply outfits


(6,581 posts)
7. Nope. Circular firing squad there.
Fri Aug 10, 2012, 04:09 AM
Aug 2012

Grace became a company called Grace-Sierra, which was bought out by Scotts. All the same company now.

Gormy Cuss

(30,884 posts)
13. And Whitney's Organics was also purchased by Scotts
Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:48 PM
Aug 2012

which is why we switched to EB Stone's. Whitney's was better but the price skyrocketed after Scotts acquired the brand and the bulk bags were no longer carried by our local nurseries, just the small boxes.


(4,114 posts)
10. I believe Scotts is ultimately owned by......
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 09:03 AM
Aug 2012


Another reason to start your own worm farm.

I'm lucky enough to live near the ocean, and horsefarms.
Make my own with seaweed-poop and other organic materials.


(16,402 posts)
11. TerraCycle or other worm compost.
Sun Aug 12, 2012, 08:08 PM
Aug 2012

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]I have my own worm composter, but have been cheering for TerraCycle since 2007, when Scott's sued them for claiming that worm poop was as good as Miracle Gro.

Surprise, surprise! TerraCycle demonstrated that worm compost was indeed as effective as Miracle Gro, so won the suit. You can't go wrong going natural.

Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
14. Update
Fri Aug 31, 2012, 12:46 AM
Aug 2012

Well I finally decided to go with worm castings added to my own compost. I found a local guy with a worm farm who sells worms and worm castings. I got 30 lbs. for $75.00 which is half of what I would have spent on Miracle Gro for the fall/winter garden.

Just planted butternut squash, onions, spinach and collards in the first square foot garden plus I started some extras in starter pots. I'll continue planting the other 2 square foot gardens in the next couple of days. I'll know if the soil additive combination was effective in about 7-10 days.

Btw, I showed my husband some of the vermiculture videos I had researched and he's now convinced we can raise our own worms next to the compost bins. Who knows, maybe this time next year we'll have our own worm castings instead of having to buy them.


(9,992 posts)
15. Brava, Le Taz!
Fri Aug 31, 2012, 12:38 PM
Aug 2012

I think you will be pleased with your wormy results!

I looked into worm farming but didn't have anywhere in my small house where they could overwinter in peace.

Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
18. See post #14.
Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:54 AM
Oct 2012

I found a local guy with a worm farm. The espoused one has started an indoor (for now) worm bin which will eventually be moved outside. The little fellers seem to be happy and are poopin' away.

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