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 Post subject: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:40 pm 
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What brands have you had success with? Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:30 pm 
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This is something I've been looking into as well. I found a vegan compost at Home Depot so I decided to make my own potting mix by combining it with coconut coir, perlite, and vegan fertilizer powder that I got off Amazon. I also do vermicomposting, which is not vegan but kind of a gray area, and I add that to my mix.

ETA: Here's a link to the compost I found. Hopefully I'm not mistaken that it's vegan!
http://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoScraps-1- ... /203182734

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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:04 pm 
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Thank you couroupita! Its amazing that vegan potting soil is an elusive item!


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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:33 pm 
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Yeah it's a bummer! It is sort of a pain to have to mix your own, but it works out cheaper at least. I can't believe how many animal products find their way in our lives and how there is very little overlap between organic and veganic gardening.

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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:27 pm 
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I know that in a lot of cities there are now municipal composting facilities where they take care of leaf litter, yard waste, and old Christmas trees. Maybe run a google search to see if that's available in your area? The cities that do this usually allow residents to take compost for free.

I've had luck growing plants in just that! Occasionally I'll add dried moss to the mix to allow for more aeration.


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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:50 pm 
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That's a good idea! I was just reading about san francisco's food scraps compost, marketed to local farmers. I wonder if that is also available to home gardeners.

As an update, my local garden store has started selling a vegan potting soil mix also made by EcoScraps. Score! Hopefully it is widely available. My plants are loving it.

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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:25 pm 
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couroupita wrote:
That's a good idea! I was just reading about san francisco's food scraps compost, marketed to local farmers. I wonder if that is also available to home gardeners.

As an update, my local garden store has started selling a vegan potting soil mix also made by EcoScraps. Score! Hopefully it is widely available. My plants are loving it.


OOO! EcoScraps looks great! Thanks for that!!!!

I picked up a bag of Organic Mechanics potting soil at Whole Foods. Not sure if it is vegan but it appears to be better than whatever else I could find in an around the nyc area.


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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:34 pm 
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What is typically non-vegan in potting soil? I never thought to check.

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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
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zelavie wrote:
What is typically non-vegan in potting soil? I never thought to check.

Ugh, you wouldn't believe some of the shiitake (no pun intended) that ends up in there. Thankfully, most of it is by-product/waste, so the vegan police probs aren't gonna kick you out or whatever but it's still a bit ick. Also, it's probably true that re-using these otherwise waste products is more environmentally friendly that using inorganic fertilizers.

Common ingredients, especially in organic mixes include: Blood, Bone meal, Feather meal, Fish meal, Manure and Guano

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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:35 am 
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I've been using Ecoscraps with bedding straw for my potato towers. I'm probably put them up too early and I'm just rotting pricey seed potatoes, but we'll see. We have a rotating compost bin of our own, but I think it's been too cold to break anything down quite yet.

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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:20 am 
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caterpillar wrote:
zelavie wrote:
What is typically non-vegan in potting soil? I never thought to check.

Ugh, you wouldn't believe some of the shiitake (no pun intended) that ends up in there. Thankfully, most of it is by-product/waste, so the vegan police probs aren't gonna kick you out or whatever but it's still a bit ick. Also, it's probably true that re-using these otherwise waste products is more environmentally friendly that using inorganic fertilizers.

Common ingredients, especially in organic mixes include: Blood, Bone meal, Feather meal, Fish meal, Manure and Guano


Wow. Yeah, definitely not vegan.

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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:33 am 
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I like to use Ecoscraps but I can't find it anywhere locally so have had to order it online. Wish our local shop sold it.


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 Post subject: Re: vegan potting mix
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:03 am 
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My local waste recycling place does certified organic compost that is all garden waste, collected and rotted. I see no reason why it wouldn't be vegan (the price and the "shovel it yourself out of a skip" nature also make me think it's unadulterated. Might be worth investigating?

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