Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Good Dirt® Plant Food is organic-based and made from oilseed extract. From plants for plants, 100% all-natural and free of chemicals.
Good Dirt® Potting Soil is all-natural and free of any chemicals. It contains an organic-based Plant Food booster and we recommend it used in conjunction with our Good Dirt® Plant Food for better results. All our products are chemical-free, non-GMO, vegan, and sustainably produced.
We provide products that are 100% chemical free, non-GMO, heavy metals free, not salt-based, not petroleum-based. All our ingredients in our recipe are made from renewable resources and sustainably produced.
Good Dirt® Potting Soil is all-natural and has no chemicals, but is not OMRI certified (as a company, we made the decision to not pursue the OMRI registration). Our peat moss is sustainably harvested, and the BogBits® are a recycled byproduct equivalent to semi-petrified wood fibers that add permanent porosity.
The soil also includes our Good Dirt® organic-based Plant Food booster derived from oilseed extract which contains everything a seed needs to germinate and hence any plant to grow strong and it is produced in a zero-waste manufacturing facility. It is organic, but not listed or certified organic.
Good Dirt® Plant Food is Organic Based. We start with extract from high nutrient value seed and enhance it to provide additional NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium). The oil-seed extract is made in a zero waste manufacturing plant here in the US.
From the seed, we get everything a plant needs to grow. NPK (10-4-3), all of the trace elements including Calcium, the plant essential amino acids and all the organic compounds found in a seed. It is non-GMO, Vegan, not salt-based and heavy metals free.
Our plant food is not petroleum based (most are and it accumulates salt in the soil, eventually burning roots).
BogBits® are our proprietary recycled by-product of sustainably harvested peat moss. It provides the permanent porosity that plants need to breathe and roots to thrive.
On a trip to Canada, our founders encountered a naturally occurring phenomenon found in peat moss bogs — ‘sticks’ that could be broken down into a fiber for a new type of potting mix. A kind of mix that would provide a better balance of air space and water retention; a better home for roots to grow and form.
Good Dirt® worked with a team to develop their own special recipe using this new magical ingredient, and BogBits was born.
BogBits are comprised of partially petrified peat from Canadian peat bogs. In years past, this by-product of peat moss harvest would have simply been discarded, or used to pave peat bog access roads.
Now, these BogBits have allowed us to create a rich, fluffy Soil Conditioner and Potting Mix with porosity unlike anything on the market.
Plus, our peat bogs are sustainably harvested and restored post-harvest. Just how sustainable is this product? Less than 0.02% of Canadian bogs are utilized for horticultural purposes, providing literally thousands of years of harvestable peat (approximately 29,000 years). They are regenerating 70 times faster than the rate of harvest! Several environmental agencies oversee all aspects of the peat bogs to insure a safe and sustainable ecosystem. Canadians are proud to share this sustainable resource to improve your soil and provide a soilless growing medium.
Yes, all our products are vegan and plant based. We do not add any animal byproducts to any of soil mixes or Plant Food.
Many companies that add animal byproducts to their mixes or fertilizers are trying to balance the nutrients for plants. However, our Good Dirt® Plant Food (included in our potting mixes, as well as sold separately for plant replenishment) does not need these ingredients. We are from plants, for plants. The base of our plant food is derived from oilseed extract and contains everything Nature puts into a seed to reproduce the species. The natural oilseed extract contains NPK, trace elements, and all the organic compounds found in a seed, including all the essential plant amino acids.
Our soil mix recipes do not contain any nuts or peanuts that may potentially be harmful to gardeners with allergies, nor do our facilities process products that include nuts or peanuts.
Good Dirt® Plant Food is a liquid concentrate. The base of the plant food is derived naturally from Oilseed Extract, which contains everything nature puts into a seed to reproduce the species. The natural Oilseed Extract contains NPK, trace elements, and all the organic compounds found in a seed. This includes all plant essential amino acids.
Good Dirt® PlantBiotics® are a complex package of beneficial microbes that get in around the roots to protect them, forming a tough, protective endospore, allowing the plants to tolerate extreme environmental conditions and transplant shock. They also help with nutrient uptake and continue to colonize/grow as they are also being fed with the organics from the Good Dirt Plant Food.
Are they meant to be used together? Yes, they provide additional benefit to the plant when applied as a complete program.
Are both suitable for encouraging foliage growth?
Good Dirt Plant Food encourages both foliage and root growth thanks to the nutrition and the benefits the amino acids provide. Good Dirt PlantBiotics enhances nutrient uptake. Both products provide some additional slow release Nitrogen and nutrition. The Plant food through the organic insoluble Nitrogen and the PlantBiotics through its storage and release of all nutrients.
The Plant Food is derived from a seed (oil seed to be specific) and contains all the nutrients a seed needs to germinate – for that reason it is great for ALL plants. It is made from plants, for plants. Our Good Dirt Plant Food contains all the compounds, amino acids, and trace elements a seed needs to germinate and all plants to thrive. The recipe is then enhanced with NPK 10-4-3 — which is not salt-based — so it won’t cause roots and leaves to burn.
All house plants benefit from the Good Dirt Indoor Potting Mix without any additional ingredients. Good Dirt Indoor Potting mix is crafted with the needs of houseplants in mind and is ready for potting.
Our potting mix is soilless and peat based. It is crafted to have the optimal amount of porosity with our BogBits® and moisture from the blonde peat. It is important to remember that Good Dirt is designed to be water-wise and will require less watering, especially in the winter. We add less than 3% of horticultural perlite in the Indoor Potting Mix, so no additional perlite is necessary because the BogBits® provide the airspace needed in the soil for proper drainage. This proper drainage means oxygen, water, and nutrients can flow freely to the roots.
We recommend using a pot with drainage holes. We do not use any pine bark in our mixes because it breaks down fast and makes the mix dense overtime, reducing airspace. We do not recommend the use of sand – the sand particles are so small that they fill in the air pockets in the soil, reducing aeration and drainage.
Note: Orchids are the only plant species we do not recommend to be planted in Good Dirt. They need to be planted in a bark-based growing medium.