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Growing Ideas – Sustainable Gardening

Mount Airy, Maryland

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Announcement    Only the best, cruelty-free, sustainable, & upcycled ingredients for your plants and the planet. Bagged in my home in Mount Airy, Maryland. (Shipped USPS, which may take longer than normal due to COVID.) Code for free delivery to your home in only zip code 21771, or come to Mount Airy, MD to meet me and pick up at the local Burger King (501 E. Ridgeville Blvd), is MTAIRYMEET. For the HC GreenFest on 4/10, use HCPICKUP as coupon code for your order to pick up from Lot C at HCC on Sat. 4/17 12-3pm ONLY.

– Smarter alternatives (main ingredients upcycled - no peat)
– Cruelty free (plant-sourced ingredients + worm castings only)
– Reduce frequency of watering
– 100% Organic // just add water!
– Eco-friendly soil you can trust
– More blooms, better produce // healthier, more vibrant plants
– Indoor & outdoor
– Excellent for raised beds
– Additives will never burn plants

COMPLETE MIXES
Seed Starting, Houseplant, African Violet, Succulent, Cactus, and Vegetable – complete, ready to use. Just add water!

PLANT FOOD TEA BAGS
Tea bags for liquid feeding ANY plant – including orchids & air plants. Give your plants a boost! (Back in stock!)

RICE HULLS + AMENDMENTS
See our newest item! You can make your own cubic foot of mix at home – everything you need to add to your own compost and brick coir.

HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS
Plain loose coir, shredded coir chips, worm castings ,and plain rice hulls for your own mixing. See individual listings for more information.

NEW ITEM!
Com-fort Cream. I infuse olive oil with my organically grown and dried comfrey leaves and lemongrass, and add aloe, Vitamin E, coconut oil, lemongrass essential oil and beeswax. Re-hydrates and smooths my hands and feels good on my knees!

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Last updated on May 8, 2021

Only the best, cruelty-free, sustainable, & upcycled ingredients for your plants and the planet. Bagged in my home in Mount Airy, Maryland. (Shipped USPS, which may take longer than normal due to COVID.) Code for free delivery to your home in only zip code 21771, or come to Mount Airy, MD to meet me and pick up at the local Burger King (501 E. Ridgeville Blvd), is MTAIRYMEET. For the HC GreenFest on 4/10, use HCPICKUP as coupon code for your order to pick up from Lot C at HCC on Sat. 4/17 12-3pm ONLY.

– Smarter alternatives (main ingredients upcycled - no peat)
– Cruelty free (plant-sourced ingredients + worm castings only)
– Reduce frequency of watering
– 100% Organic // just add water!
– Eco-friendly soil you can trust
– More blooms, better produce // healthier, more vibrant plants
– Indoor & outdoor
– Excellent for raised beds
– Additives will never burn plants

COMPLETE MIXES
Seed Starting, Houseplant, African Violet, Succulent, Cactus, and Vegetable – complete, ready to use. Just add water!

PLANT FOOD TEA BAGS
Tea bags for liquid feeding ANY plant – including orchids & air plants. Give your plants a boost! (Back in stock!)

RICE HULLS + AMENDMENTS
See our newest item! You can make your own cubic foot of mix at home – everything you need to add to your own compost and brick coir.

HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS
Plain loose coir, shredded coir chips, worm castings ,and plain rice hulls for your own mixing. See individual listings for more information.

NEW ITEM!
Com-fort Cream. I infuse olive oil with my organically grown and dried comfrey leaves and lemongrass, and add aloe, Vitamin E, coconut oil, lemongrass essential oil and beeswax. Re-hydrates and smooths my hands and feels good on my knees!

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About GrowingIdeasGardens

Sales 590
On Etsy since 2017

Only the best cruelty-free, sustainable, & upcycled ingredients for your plants and the planet.

Like every gardener, I wanted the best for my plants. After finding myself continually disappointed with even the most organic soil brands’ ingredients (blood meal? Yuck!), I knew there had to be a better way. When my daughter went vegan, she helped me see the need for cruelty-free mixes as well. I set off on a journey to find a truly eco-friendly, family-friendly soil that anyone would enjoy using in their own home.

With encouragement from my family, after a long process, we perfected a line of potting mixes – a coir-based soil created with the absolute best sustainable, non-toxic ingredients. The results couldn’t be ignored! High quality ingredients really do make a huge difference in the happiness of your plants. Now, everyone can garden guilt-free without sacrificing quality!

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WHY COIR?
Substituting coconut coir for peat in potting mixes is a no-brainer. Peat bogs hold 10x the CO2 that forests hold – and as a type of cold water wetland, we really should avoid digging them up! Some peat is chemically treated with a wetting agent, so it doesn’t repel water. If it’s not treated this way, or the chemical is washed off, an impenetrable crust is formed which repels water.

Coconut coir, on the other hand, is 100% organic, super-washed with fresh water (no chemical washes) to remove excess salts, lasts 3x longer than peat, is pH neutral and is a natural waste by-product of coconut products (upcycled!). With a higher pH than peat, mold-resistant, and naturally easy to wet and re-wet, it has a higher water and air-holding capacity than peat, cutting down on fertilizer use with less runoff.

WHY RICE HULLS?
Extremely light, upcycled rice hulls are the perfect replacement for perlite, which is a mined product. Rice hulls are formed after milling (removing the shells that surround the rice we eat). The hulls serve as a perfect growing medium that not only contributes nutrients (rich in silica and potassium), but also absorbs any off-odor and keeps the system clean and hygienic. Rice hulls are a product that would normally be thrown away, so putting them to extra use in hydroponics or growing media is a great upcycling opportunity.

OTHER INGREDIENTS
100% earthworm castings, kelp meal, neem seed meal, non-gmo soybean meal, rock dusts & sands, microbial powder, humus. See individual listings for more information.


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2019 – Presented Governor's Citation from the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs
2018 – Finalist in the Carroll County Biz Challenge

On our way to 800 bags sold! Thanks to all that have supported my endeavors!

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  • Mildred Rodman

    Owner, Maker

    All soilless mixes are hand mixed in my home by me. Just add water. All products have be used/tested by me (Master Gardener 2000). I wouldn't sell a mix if it wasn't hands-down better than anything else I could buy for my plants and the environment.

  • Kate Rodman

    Designer

    Kate, my daughter, is the artist behind my beautiful soil labels, logo, and more! She inherited our family's green thumb and loves to garden. After going vegan, she inspired me to make my soil cruelty-free on top of all the other benefits.

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Last updated on Mar 28, 2019
Frequently asked questions
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Please read my announcement section for information on which soil to purchase or email me with plant name.

Care instructions

How much water (spring or rain is best) to add? 1.5 C for 1/2 gallon, 3 cups PER gallon for 1, 2, & 4 gallon. Succulent & Cactus can be a little less. All mixes have natural additives, so no need to fertilize.