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Good Clean Dirt

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Good Clean Dirt

EarthMix® products: Sustainable by production, organic with nature!


Soil is what makes life possible for most plants; providing you additionally have sufficient resources of air, water, and sunlight.  I did not mention nutrition.  Nutrition for plants is primarily taken up through the root system.  It is the root system that gives plants their steady supply of nutrition-laced water.  Therefore, it is of paramount importance for plants, particularly newly planted ones, to have readily available quality soil so that newly establishing roots can perform their job with maximum efficiency.  At least that is what my grandmother used to say; maybe not in those exact words…


Soil is a dirty word.  We don’t want it in our house or on our cars.  No one likes to have their nose rubbed in it.  None of us should be spending time discussing other people’s dirt, though occasionally, most of us participate in that behavior from time to time. Truth told, dirt is an integral part of the human condition.  It is not my intention to discuss the metaphorical form of the word, rather the actual.  Any reference I might make about ‘soiling my trousers’ will not be euphemistic.


I remember well, being an 8 or 9-year-old, and shoveling soil/manure/peat moss mixes through the old Lindig grinder.  A dangerous machine it was.  I don’t know how we survived relatively unscathed.  The flailing hammers of that machine could do some serious pulverizing of dirt, but rocks tended to bounce…in two directions.  My brothers and I quickly learned the art of shoveling from the side and standing clear of both ends of the contraption.


I also got to observe and learn the criteria my grandmother set forth for what constituted ‘good dirt’.  That childhood experience is what inspired me to begin the process of premium soil mixes. The result of which is what we call EarthMix® today. EarthMix® was the original name of what is now known as Garden™, a premium topsoil blend.  We are confident that EarthMix® products are the best, most productive available anywhere.


Sustainably peat-free; keeping peat in bogs. 


David Bates


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