Growing Lettuce with EcoScraps Raised-Bed Garden Mix

| 6/7/2017 2:10:00 PM

Tags: potting soil, container gardening, Don Abbott,

As a vegetable gardener, I tend to grow my vegetables in the ground if I can, but there are times when I have need to grow in pots and other containers. In my backyard right up next to my house, I have a shadier area where it doesn’t make sense to put in permanent beds, especially since I’m a renter (it’s better to grow stuff in my designated garden area 150 feet out from the back door). This spring I decided to load up a pair of black plastic containers I was gifted several years back. They are 2 foot wide by 3 foot long by 9 inch high and are perfect for growing salad veggies like lettuce, radishes, spinach, green onions, and kale. With holes drilled into their bottoms, these containers can be moved around so I can take advantage of sunnier spots while minimizing dead grass zones.


2-foot-by-3-foot containers with little tiny lettuce starts. The EcoScraps mix is on the right.

In years past, I’ve used basic potting soil for my container gardening, but this time I wanted to try something different, so I filled one with potting soil and the other with EcoScraps Raised Bed Garden Mix. This mix is cool because it’s specifically formulated for raised beds. It’s made up of a mixture of “food waste compost blend, coco coir, perlite and tree bark”, all of which help to give excellent drainage while still retaining water. As you can tell from the below picture, the EcoScraps mix is lighter and has a nice brownish color, while the potting soil is heavier with sticks and other wood mixed in. Another feature of the EcoScraps product is that its compost blend is made up of food scrap compost versus other composts which are normally produced from who knows what, including animal manures. When buying composted manure, I’m always concerned with what animals the compost came from. For example, I assume composted cow manure comes from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). I had the misfortune to tour a commercial dairy farm a few years ago and I can still remember that place’s stench. With EcoScraps, since their compost has “no poop added”, I don’t have to worry about that, plus this product is certified organic and reduces landfill waste, so it helps my conscience all the way around.


Potting soil on the left and EcoScraps Raised Bed Garden Mix on the right

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