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February 18, 2011

Kellog's Gardner and Bloome soil conditioner--a disappointing mix


I bought a 3 cubic foot bag of this product from my nursery and opened it to find exactly what I don't like about so many soil building, fertilizing, or soil amendment products. There was a generous use of wood chips for filler. And this bag had the nerve to call itself also "compost" when real composting of this product would take another year!

I'm using it anyway, mixing it in with the well composted steer manure I bought from the same nursery and I'm sure over time it will decompose and be useful as a soil amendment but as it is it was a huge ten dollar disappointment, I checked out the website for Kellog's organic products, thinking it might be a subsidiary of Kellog's cereals, but this is a family owned business since 1925 and has been organic from the beginning. The website has a utube videa touting the wonderful properties of Organic Gardner and Bloom. This product has according to the information provided composted Red wood, forest humus and bark fines screened to a uniform 1/4" minus size. The compost is further blended with Chicken Manure, Worm Castings, Bat Guano and Kelp Meal. Oyster and Dolomite Limes are added as pH adjusters (pH=6.5).me products. It sounds great! Unfortunately, the screened to a "uniform 1/4" minus size is a pretty big exaggeration.

Here is what I found in my bag:


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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at February 18, 2011 2:09 PM
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