Best Vegetable Garden Soil You Can Buy at Walmart + What to Look For

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you all the bagged soil products he purchased at Walmart for $3 (or less) per bag. John will open and show you each soil product and share with you his thoughts and review each one.

In this episode, John will teach you some of the things you will want to be aware of when shopping for any bagged soil products at Walmart or any big box store or even local nursery.

You will discover all the incredible bagged soil deals John scored at Walmart, and you will learn how you can determine if Walmart near you has soil products on sale without leaving your home.

You will learn how to discern a good bagged soil vs a bad one. You will discover why soil labeled “organic” may not be organic as you would like.

You will discover how to tell if a soil has too much-uncomposted wood material in it, and the consequences that it can have in your garden.

You will learn how you can test the soil you purchase to determine if it is a soil you should purchase in larger quantities or not.

You will discover how much large unscreened material is contained in each bagged soil product tested.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
0:04:26 Deals I found at Walmart
0:07:05 Bagged Soil Products Comparison Starts
0:08:00 EcoScraps Compost Review
0:08:05 The Scam of Organic on Bagged Soil Products
0:16:19 Earthgro Potting Soil Review
0:21:00 Why your vegetable may turn yellow when planted in bagged soil
0:21:39 Magic Dirt Premium Potting Soil
0:29:18 Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care Organic Potting Mix
0:31:50 How Heavy Should your bagged soil product be?
0:38:50 Just Natural Organic Container Potting Mix
0:46:21 OMNI Seed Cover and Planting Compost
0:49:41 Greensmix Sphagnum Peat Moss
0:54:13 Summary and My Favorite Bagged Soil Products
0:57:22 My suggestions to Bagged Soil Producers
1:00:49 How to find clearance deals on soil products at Walmart from home

After watching this episode, you will learn the best-bagged soil product at Walmart that I found. You will also learn how to determine if a bagged soil product is good or not.

Related and Referenced Episodes:
Filling Your Raised Bed with Soil from Lowes

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50 Comments

  1. Anita Konicka on March 15, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    This is just superb, I’ve been looking for "how to make the best soil for a vegetable garden" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Paylezobath Celebrated Process – (should be on google have a look )?

    It is a good exclusive guide for learning organic gardening secrets to boost your produce minus the headache. Ive heard some interesting things about it and my buddy got amazing results with it.

  2. Renee Resendez on March 15, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Egg plant cabbage garden

  3. Robert O on March 15, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    ty John, I am 69 and starting a raised bed garden,,, u helped me out tremendously

  4. Tesha Bakke on March 15, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I use happy frog, mother earth black gold ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

  5. Sky Rider on March 15, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    You looked like you had to cough for so long at the beginning.

  6. Cheryl anon on March 15, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Apologies for multiple comments, I do save all my plastic soil/manure bags and use them to kill certain weed patches, or fill with perennial weeds to throw in trash, or for dog poo. Just thought you might encourage others to re-use those large plastic bags!

  7. Christopher Pisz on March 15, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Why is wood bad? I’ve seen other videos where people actually want me to add wood to the bottom of my raised beds.

  8. Michael Wood on March 15, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I think I saw a finger bone in there! LOL

  9. J T on March 15, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    In Maui, Hawai’i must be more than $10 each

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  11. Kater Caters to Cats on March 15, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Can i place expired vitamin supplements in compost or fertilizer?

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  12. Fabian on March 15, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Just wonderful, I have been researching "difference between topsoil and garden soil" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Paylezobath Celebrated Process – (do a google search )?

    It is a smashing exclusive guide for learning organic gardening secrets to boost your produce without the normal expense. Ive heard some amazing things about it and my mate got cool results with it.

  13. Lady Skywalker on March 15, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I’m looking at the raised beds behind you, and I would like to know what cement "brick" you used? Where did you get it? How did you stick them together?

  14. Barbara Abramovitz on March 15, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Dairy waste is not cow manure. It is the waste water from processing dairy products.

  15. Antenna Wilde on March 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Don’t shop at Walmart. Get your garden soil from a local composting source. Try not to use peat moss, it’s unsustainable.

  16. Joyce W on March 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    This has been a blessings to me. Many, many thanks,God bless you richly.

  17. Cheryl anon on March 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I spy some metallic reflective material on left side of screen….is that the metallized insulation wrap? What is the purpose? Up here in the North we need all the help we can get for increasing heat. Feel free to stop by if you ever get this far North probably too cold for you!)

  18. tomaitoe on March 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you for all of the time, effort and energy you put into your videos!

  19. Aaron Preston on March 15, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    i think we could be friends but we gotta fight first hmu

  20. Gold Dust Women on March 15, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    How does one sterilize the compost soil?? Is there a video by u on that?

  21. Jesus Leal on March 15, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    This was great, thanks, been searching for "how to prepare soil for planting in pots" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Fonillian Uncomplex Future – (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now )?

  22. Thomas Pickens on March 15, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    The Walmart near me in Branson West has Pro-Mix Moisture Potting Mix. It’s my go to for quality soil. Only $12.95 for 2 cubic feet. I also ass 15-30% perlite. The exact amount depends on whether I am growing trees or produce. If I want to go super cheap I get Kellogg Raised Bed and Potting Mix and add the same amount of perlite. Kellogg is around 8 dollars here for around 2 cubic feet give or take.

  23. SisterAudrey Grey on March 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    You were super duper througough, thank you so much for that

  24. Cheryl anon on March 15, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    What is "reed sedge grass" –? Is it related to that horribly invasive weed Nutsedge? I have used some bagged "compost" which had reed sedge grass…and now have an infestation (3 or 4 yrs now) of Nutsedge. That stuff is horrid! I keep digging it out (before it sets seed) and it keeps coming back! We are up here in the frozen North (zone 3b/4a) so this stuff is not killed by 9 months of Old Man (Woman? Bi?) Winter either!

  25. Keith Cramer on March 15, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Good deal . Now just get them good ass kush seeds and some gorilla glue seeds planted .

  26. Jamie Cramer on March 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    My concern is the use of "municipal"’ or compost materials made from collection of peoples yard debris, and food scraps. People put ALL KINDS of stuff in their bins! Not everyone follows organic practices in gardening, so yard debris can contain all the bad chemicals that we are trying to stay away from. Same with food scraps- it would follow that a good amount of the scraps are from conventionally grown foods that were treated with chemicals. Then on to the manure- how can a product be OMRI certified, and contain manure that came from conventionally grown animal by products? I like the idea of using yard waste and food scraps for something, but I don’t want to grow my food in it!

  27. H G on March 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  28. Cheryl anon on March 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Not sure about coconut coir….tried Burpee Seed Starting mix (coir-based) and had awful fungus gnat infestation (never had that b4). Wish there were ratings for coconut coir!!

  29. Datuin Channel on March 15, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Enjoyed!

  30. James Wimer on March 15, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    My fav video when I want to fall asleep…Listening g to John talk about soil is so calming…"Right" ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Ž

  31. The Silent One on March 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Best u can buy at walmart is 1 bale of peat , 1 bag of perlite 1 bag of lime add one cup of lime to the bale of peat mix and wet . go find some Dr Earth Homegrown or Espoma tomato or garden tone and add to 2 tablespoons per gallon of soil

  32. Sherine Ayers on March 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Iโ€™m sorry so witch is best recommend soil?

  33. Asia Roper on March 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    When looking for a organic soil:
    1. Dont instantly think organic means good/healthy
    2. Look for something like *OMRI listed for organic use* on the bag. This means its an organic certified material for use to produce organic food ONLY then can you really call ur food organic.
    3. The OMRI listed – Organic Material Review Institute – has products that are allowed and not allowed by the NOP which is the national organic program. Things like sewage sludge or biosolids are not allowed by under OMRI or the organic program
    4. If ur bag just says organic it can contain it may contain sewage sludge and biosolids.
    5. In the ingredients it could have compost listed, this could be good or bad. Compost could mean composted sewage sludge or anything like it. If they dont specify what the compost is made of, that could be a bad sign. A good example of a specification of compost is yard trimmings and food scrapes.
    6. Have a screen to break down big chunks of soil and to catch debre like plastic, glass or wood.
    7. Smell the soil.It should just smell like dirt.
    8. Do a pot test.
    9. Recommeded-make a soil mixture
    Soil would buy again: EcoScrapes, Magic dirt. Would mix 1 bag of the EcoScrapes and 1 bag of the Magic Dirt. Or the Pea moss and Virmiculite.

  34. Tesha Bakke on March 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I try not to buy from Wal-Mart. I like making my own compost & buying from our local growing centers. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

  35. John Collado on March 15, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I just purchased a Bag of Kellogg’s Amend (yellow/green bag) garden soil to mix and it is OMRI listed but the smell is dank and chemically? IDK ,but I poured the bag in a wheel barrel and leaving it out overnight to see how it is tomorrow. I’ve never smelled anything like it in a store brought bag. EDIT !!! I’m taking the Kelloggs bags back (Amend and Garden soil 3CFT) because it is made with BIOSOLIDS SEWER SLUDGE FROM LOS ANGELES…. I just read this link and will never buy it or the other brands that use processed SHIT for my family garden ever again… I sift all the cheapo bags of garden soil/top soil to separate the big tree and wood pieces out of every bag I buy and save those for mulch, but I have found glass, painted wood chips, plastic and even rusty nails in some of them smh. I make my own potting/container mix using peat moss, compost, garden/topsoil, sand and worm castings. The Omni compost you checked out works good for me but I too was curious about its contents because I didn’t want any cow/steer manure in it (because of pesticides used in Hay or straw that the animals poop) and they said they use only plant based ingredients. Thanks a ton for your dedication and sharing your knowledge and skills and for helping noobs like me make progress. You rock dude!

  36. Pete Power on March 15, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Being a lover of the full explanation, John, and this video, gets an A+. Thanks for taking the time, sir!

  37. SimpLee Beth on March 15, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Do you eat meat?

  38. HOOBANG PRODUCTIONS on March 15, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Can you find worm eggs on compost bought on Walmart?

  39. carpenter1274 on March 15, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Indian river organic is amazing .

  40. COFFEE on March 15, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    John, Thank you for all your videos, you’re providing us all with great info and saving us all the hard work. We appreciate it ๐Ÿ‘.

  41. jtuno122 on March 15, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I bought garden soil that I used as mulch because it was ALL wood. Very expensive mulch!

  42. Hope Dillon on March 15, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Can you use pine pellets instead of peat moss?

  43. Rodolfo Chirinos on March 15, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    You rock DUDE!

  44. Trish Davi on March 15, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks again for this John. Some of the cheap soil i boight had weeds sprouted within the bag! Other times im sure they were loaded withfungus gnats :-(. Since gbe gnat infestation i stick to sealed bags of peat moss pearlite washed sand rock phosphate and make my own…other than that pro mix starter mox succulent or specific soils for particular plants such as african violets…haventhad them since the fungus gnat infestation killed most of my house plants…when in doubt i have baked soil in oven or poured boiling water over to kill weed seeds & insect eggs

  45. Hue Soo on March 15, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to do this. Excellent information on what to look for. Bought a bunch of Kellogg Organic Potting soil on clearance but now not sure it was such a deal.

  46. Lili Von Shtupp ! on March 15, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Where is the best place in Arizona tp buy bulk soil?

  47. Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens on March 15, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Jump to the following parts of this episode:
    0:04:26 Deals I found at Walmart
    0:07:05 Bagged Soil Products Comparison Starts
    0:08:00 EcoScraps Compost Review
    0:08:05 The Scam of Organic on Bagged Soil Products
    0:16:19 Earthgro Potting Soil Review
    0:21:00 Why your vegetable may turn yellow when planted in bagged soil
    0:21:39 Magic Dirt Premium Potting Soil
    0:29:18 Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care Organic Potting Mix
    0:31:50 How Heavy Should your bagged soil product be?
    0:38:50 Just Natural Organic Container Potting Mix
    0:46:21 OMNI Seed Cover and Planting Compost
    0:49:41 Greensmix Sphagnum Peat Moss
    0:54:13 Summary and My Favorite Bagged Soil Products
    0:57:22 My suggestions to Bagged Soil Producers
    1:00:49 How to find clearance deals on soil products at Walmart from home

  48. Tamika B1976 on March 15, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    I need to go to Wal-Mart

  49. WhatNext on March 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Any thoughts on the Kellogg organic soils?

  50. Mark C on March 15, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Drinking game….everytime he says "stuff"….or "right"

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