The Garden is In! Filling, Planting and Learning on Dakota Farms

| 6/16/2011 12:48:53 AM

Michelle MooreShelley Moore is an aspiring organic backyard gardener with hopes of becoming a true 'green thumb'. She is the mother of two young daughters and the wife of one helpful husband. They reside in northern Utah. 

Don’t you find it a little crazy to think that pretty much the same "stuff" we wash off our kids at the end of an outdoor play day (and/or find at the bottom of the drained bathtub that same evening) is the same "stuff" that is used to grow healthy vegetables and fruits to feed said kids?

Yep, we are talking dirt.

Potting Soil
Filling in the raised bed with soil. Photo By Rick Moore 
I was on a quest to find a particular kind of dirt and luckily, and after a little "digging," I was able to find it. 

Black Gold Potting Soil is OMRI-certified, and to my understanding, it is tested and approved for organic gardening. Each of our two raised beds required thirteen 1.5 cu. ft. bags. To help deter the cost a bit we added four 1 cu. ft. bags of Black Gold Compost to each of the raised beds as well. 

rick and filled boxes
Raised beds filled with Black Gold Potting Soil and Compost. Photo By Shelley Moore. 
I started some broccoli, tomato, carrot and spinach seedlings inside the house some time ago. They all sprouted nicely, but after a while, the paper holdings of the broccoli and tomatoes looked kinda moldy to me. I was squeamish and threw them out. The carrots looked great, but when it came to planting, I wasn’t sure how to divide the darn things. So out went those, too. The spinach? It was a keeper and finally had an outside raised bed to call home.