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Old 04-17-2015, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Just laid down our annual M-G garden soil - last year it was mushrooms & flies (too early to tell about those issues yet); this year it has a very distinct oily/SEWAGE smell. I think we're done with this company - sewage in garden soil??? Anybody else have a similar experience?
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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I don't use that stuff.
I make my own soil healthy, or just compost it, and you don't have to spend all that money
and put up with that smell. That stuff seems unhealthy anyway, smelling like sewage, don't grow
any food in it, you could get sick from it.
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:29 PM
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Location: 46060, Hardiness zone 5b/6a
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IIRC, Miracle Grow potting soil that I bought years ago 2013 I think had an odor very similar to what you are describing, so Never Again will I buy Miracle Grow garden soils for ANYTHING.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:16 AM
 
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I use coir. Cheap and easy to find. Add a few amendments (worm castings, fertilizer, etc.) and done. Great drainage.
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:16 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I buy totally organic soil and add perlite and vermiculite to it and wallah wonderful soil and grows beautiful plants both veggies and flowers and no take that bag back to where you bought it and tell them the soil has a sewer odor .
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:45 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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what's wrong with sewage? Many municipalities sell and sometimes give away "compost" which is basically sewage that has been composted. What else are they going to do with all that crap?

It's very rich and as long as it's not too green works well for adding organic matter to improve the soil.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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what's wrong with sewage? Many municipalities sell and sometimes give away "compost" which is basically sewage that has been composted. What else are they going to do with all that crap?

It's very rich and as long as it's not too green works well for adding organic matter to improve the soil.
I agree with this, sewage is great compost, but if you don't like the smell, the similar product by Gardner and Bloome smells a lot milder, and works well. Just more expensive and hard to find.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:26 PM
 
Location: One foot in CT one in KS
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Sewage even composted is often contaminated with heavy metals and pharmaceuticals. Not something I would want on my garden. Miracle Gro's quality has slipped to the do. not. buy. category in the past few years.
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Old 06-28-2017, 03:15 AM
 
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Yeah. I just bought a bag of the miracle gro garden soil from Home Depot, and emptied half of it out into a small plastic garbage pail before spreading it onto a raised bed. The smell almost knocked me out! I was on a roll so I kept on trucking, but before I could finish spreading it in the garden bed, my girlfriend starts yelling from the house asking if a sewer main broke, or did I just flush the toilet, etc. The house is over 100 feet away and she was upstairs! What the hell is in this stuff? Will I regret mixing it in with my other bags of expensive soil?
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Old 06-28-2017, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"miracle gro garden soil "....they can call it anything they like.....but it is not soil.

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Need any more reasons not to use Miracle Gro on your vegetable garden ?

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Gemstone1
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