Top Soil Tests – 2013

top-soil-comparison

Since I give away a lot of plants every year, I need a good supply of top soil for the pots. I make my own mix of topsoil, peat moss, sand, charcoal and fertilizer. I always start with a 40# bag of top soil, but all top soils are not created equal. Some bags are pretty crummy and only suitable for filling large holes. I bought three bags of top soil from three different retailers and here are my results.

Winner – The Jolly Gardener was the best soil. It was loose and fell apart easily. You could plant directly into this soil. This is the soil I would recommend.  It’s $1.99 at the Sappington Garden Shop 11530 Gravois, Saint Louis Missouri 63126 (314) 843 4700.

2nd Place went to Walmart’s Mahaska Top Soil for $1.53. The soil is also nice, although not as good as the winner.

Last Place goes to the Home Depot and Lowe’s Red Bag Timberline top soil. It’s mainly clay and might be good for filling a hole, but not even close to the top two bags of top soil.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under soil

One response to “Top Soil Tests – 2013

  1. Jim & Judy Stroup

    Tom

    Thanks for the input.

    Do you have any tips for killing or repelling voles? I seem to grow them the best.

    Jim

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s