Friday, March 23, 2012

Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™

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I am going to need to get me some of this.  Seriously, I watched the video, and said, "Whoa!" like five times!

Did you see how it expands up to 3 times when mixed with water?  That means a bag of this will be a whole lot easier to get home than those heavy, messy bags of traditional garden soil and amendments.  If I don't have one of my guys with me, I don't buy that stuff!  This I could bring home myself.
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I'm not totally positive that I'd use this in my vegetable garden, though I love the idea of better plants and vegetables. I definitely need to add some kind of compost or something to the soil this year to help things grow better.  The years I don't do it, I notice - things just don't grow as well.  Mixing this into the soil can make it up to 40% lighter, and create up to 90% more air space meaning the soil is more workable, with better water holding ability, moisture distribution, and drainage, all of which means a better environment for plants.  I need to find out what's in the Miracle‐Gro plant food that's in it before I use it for the vegetables, because I love the idea of everything it can do for the soil.
Expand ‘n Gro™ is a unique blend of Miracle‐Gro plant food and coconut coir fiber.  Coir is a lightweight, all‐natural material derived from coconut husk.  The sponge‐like cell structure of compressed coir pith re‐expands when water is added and retains up to 50% more moisture than basic potting soils and then releases water as plants need it.  I think it would be especially nice for potted plants - maybe some nice flowers for the deck? - because I always seem to forget to water them!  It would also be great for flower beds, because I wouldn't have to worry about watering if it doesn't rain for a while.  The coir contains a slowly decomposing organic polymer called lignin which means that it will continue to benefit the soil for many years.
Benefits of Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix:
  • Up to 3 times the Flowers and Vegetables! (versus native soil)
  • Significantly improves soil for multiple years
  • Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3 times when water is added
  • Feeds for up to 6 months
  • All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil
It sounds like a great way to prep your gardens and pots for Spring and Summer planting.  Be sure to check out Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix to learn more, and get a $3 coupon while you're there.  I'm looking forward to some beautiful potted plants on my deck this summer!  What will you grow?
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