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Growing Ideas – Sustainable Gardening

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GrowingIdeasGardens

Growing Ideas – Sustainable Gardening

Mount Airy, Maryland | 477 Sales

Announcement    Only the best, cruelty-free, sustainable, & upcycled ingredients for your plants and the planet. Bagged in my home in Mount Airy, Maryland.

– 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, and seedlings. Give your plants a boost!

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, 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!

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 6, 2020

Only the best, cruelty-free, sustainable, & upcycled ingredients for your plants and the planet. Bagged in my home in Mount Airy, Maryland.

– 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, and seedlings. Give your plants a boost!

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, 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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5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dallas on Nov 20, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Have been using this long enough to see the results (healthy roots) when repotting ... Good stuff!

  • eoswildcat on Nov 12, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    glad to find, looking forward to using/testing.

  • No on Sep 2, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Yes, the shipping costs a lot. But it’s worth it! And the packaging was so nice and environmentally friendly! Can’t wait to plant sum babieeees

  • Michele on Aug 23, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Fast delivery, recycled packaging that perfectly protected my bag & exactly as described. It arrived so quickly my aloe pups are still healing for transplant! Can't wait to pot them in this perfect soil!

  • Deb on Nov 21, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Very knowledgeable and helpful seller who clearly cares about her product and providing great customer service! Hopefully I can get the watering figured out as it seems like my plants will love this. I love that the products and packaging are environmentally friendly! Thanks again for all the help!

  • Bon on Nov 12, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Just excellent! This is my 2nd purchase. My plants seem to be much happier than they were before but I didn't have enough for all of my plants so I got another bag to make the switch for all of them. Thank you so much for the salve as well it smells lovely! I read up on it and am excited to use it. I'm addicted to buying plants so I'm sure I'll be back for more potting mix eventually. Take care

  • patty on Nov 7, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Thank you so much! Cannot wait to use my potting soil... Came fast and a little gift of homemade salve was added in to my order! Thanks again👍

  • shenku22 on Nov 2, 2020

    4 out of 5 stars

    When the succulent potting mix arrived I expected it to be ready for use, straight out of the bag. It's expensive, and the shipping exceeded the price of the potting mix - so I had higher expectations. I got going with planting immediately, and was mystified upon digging down a bit more, that everything was separated with some ingredients in clumps. I had to upend the lot into a large bucket and mix the potting "mix" myself. I'm not lazy I can assure you, but I expected more. But, to be fair, once mixed, this is actually a very nice soil mix for your succulents. In a larger planter it takes at least 10 days before you have to water again which is great, and the plant clearly loves the mix. I'd have given this product a five if it wasn't for these other issues.

  • eoswildcat on Oct 30, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    grateful find, will use with my jasmine collection.

  • Kellie on Oct 13, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I waited a while to leave review; until I could see the difference in the plant i repotted with the mix. In the beginning I was very worried because the plant looked like it was on it's way out but i patiently held on to hope and I'm glad I did! It looks a lot better as of this day. In the instructions it mentioned getting used to the mix and your plant's adjustment. I am very satisfied with the results and the fact that it's naturally good for plants period! I would definitely order again.

About GrowingIdeasGardens

Sales 477
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 500 bags sold! Thanks to all that have supported my endeavors!

Shop members

  • 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.

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More information

Last updated on Mar 28, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

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.