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Cheap potting mix at Big Lots

Posted by ktinmd Md 6b/7 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 20, 10 at 10:47

Our local Big Lots is selling 2-cu ft bags of Scotts Premium Potting Mix (or some similar name) for $8 each. It's not Miracle Gro but looks a lot like it. Some sticks but not too bad.

The bad news: The bags were obviously stored outside and got wet at some point, so they weigh about 100 lbs each. And the mix is anaerobic and stinky when opened, though it seems fine when dumped into a trash can and aerated a bit.

But hey, it's eight bucks.


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RE: Cheap potting mix at Big Lots

Scotts owns Miracle Gro. I suspect it's the same blend, maybe a step down.

Let it breathe a bit before sowing. Once you put it outside, it should be fine.

RE: Cheap potting mix at Big Lots

Hey that's good to know...didn't know that Scotts owned Miracle Grow. Might have to try that Big Lots potting soil, I see it all the time. ;)

RE: Cheap potting mix at Big Lots

Be careful quiltmom--our Big Lots has several types of potting stuff set out. Only the Scott's Premium product is potting mix; the rest are potting or garden soil.

I knew Scott's owned MG, I just figured they provide basically the same product under more than one label to maximize sales.

Why do some sellers keep bags of potting mix outside where they will be rained on? I about ruptured myself moving the stuff that I bought. I guess I'll just consider it premoistened.


RE: Cheap potting mix at Big Lots

Thank you ktinmd for starting this thread. My local Big Lots has the Scotts product in two different bags, and one of them is $6. They weigh almost 80 pounds. I will really have a use for this mix. This is my rookie year to try wintersowing. I also had a very bad tomato blight last year. This year I plan to plant my tomatoes in buckets and use potting soil. Thanks!

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