Organic soil is the basis of building a water wise sustainable garden.  While my Soil Recipe is based around additives to the existing soil in your garden, you may want to use some of these products listed below in addition to the manures and compost.  You may also want to just use these soils in you patio pots.

Here are some organic soils and amendments I can recommend, but you can look at the ingredients of any of the new bagged organic soils to review the actual contents to find those with similar additives.

For soils high in salts, which leach upwards from ground water, add epsom salts (magnesium) in small quantities and gypsum, along with lots of compost and manure.

Gold Medal Plus Potting Soil by Kellogs

An excellent potting mix,  features water-retaining ingredients like peat moss and coir. Additional ingredients that stimulate plant growth and health include: bat guano, kelp meal, alfalfa meal, and worm castings. Beneficial mycorrhizae is added to build a strong root system for your plants.

Bumper Crop Organic Soil Amendment by Master Nursery

Can be mixed with your native soil as a nutrient rich amendment to grow vegetables and flowers, or it can be used as an organic mulch to help retain water. With added beneficial mycorrhizae, worm castings, bat guano, and kelp meal.

Paydirt by E.B. Stone

A unique blend of chicken manure, redwood sawdust, peat moss, and mushroom compost. This product adds organic matter to the soil, helps loosen hard soils, improves water and root penetration, and enhances the bacterial action in the soil.

Mushroom Compost (breakdown) use sparingly to create acidic soils

Wheat straw, cottonseed hulls, Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, cottonseed meal, chicken manure, gypsum, mushroom spores and mycelium


Hydrated calcium sulfate, counters the action of leached salts by enhancing soil structure

Epsom Salt

Magnesum sulfate, added very sparingly by watering into the soil (approx. 1 Tablespoon per 1 Gallon of water), makes other nutrients available to the plants