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Pro Mix 112L Organic Vegetable and Herb Mix $17.99

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[Costco] Pro Mix 112L Organic Vegetable and Herb Mix $17.99

I've been looking for some good soil for my vegetable garden. I got desperate a couple weeks ago and bought a 28 L bag from Home Depot for $9.99. Then I found a bulk size bag at Lowes online for $24.99. The bulk size 112 L is the same as 4 bags.

https://www.lowes.ca/product/soil/pro-m ... mix-953499

I thought this was a great deal but no Lowe's location has any in stock in Ontario. Then I went to Costco at Elgin Mills and saw this for $17.99. This is an awesome deal, more than half price when compared to the price you would pay for 1 bag at 28 L ( 4 x $9.99).

I'm not sure if this price is the same outside of Ontario.

Cheers
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I was looking for this last week at heartland Costco. I had them look up on their system to see which Costco has stock and most of them were out of stock on this.
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Not buying soil from Costco anymore... the last bag of "multi-purpose" I bought turned out to be only good for mixing with top soil outdoors, no other uses and definitely could not be used a potting mix. Don't see how that amounts to "multi-purpose" but I'll be sure to read the label front and back next time.
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djdestroyer wrote: Not buying soil from Costco anymore... the last bag of "multi-purpose" I bought turned out to be only good for mixing with top soil outdoors, no other uses and definitely could not be used a potting mix. Don't see how that amounts to "multi-purpose" but I'll be sure to read the label front and back next time.
And it's costco's fault you bought the wrong product for some reason..?
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I just can't decide if it's the worth the effort to go to my Costco and wait in line only for them not to have it
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I grew a ton of pot last year with one of these Costco bails, it’s good stuff! I did have to use some chemical fertilizer towards the end of the summer, but you might not need to for less demanding crops. Like the OP, I’m kicking myself for buying two of the smaller bags only to see it at Costco two days ago for this cheap!

Edit: one big downside I've noticed is that it has a ton of filler - sticks, chunks of spongy softwood, etc. This could be how they dial in the soil's drainage properties, but I'd wager it's morel likely a cost saver. I'd prefer to add my own vermiculite instead vs all that crap.
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Mikus007 wrote: And it's costco's fault you bought the wrong product for some reason..?
Do you buy soil at all? Multi-purpose generally means multi-purpose and I even mentioned that I will have to read the label front and back next time so I'm not blaming Costco for that, just for stocking shitty products. I looked for this soil at other garden centres and no one caries it so 99% of the time, one could buy multi-purpose soil and use it for a variety of purposes. This soil is ONLY good for mixing with existing top soil outside, so it's not multi-purpose by any stretch of the imagination and it's only mentioned as tiny fine print on the back of the bag. I've been gardening since 2004 and have never come across such a product. I've even gotten comfortable enough to simply trust the procurement teams at the big box stores. I've learned that I can't apply the same trust for Costco anymore. Not a big deal!
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djdestroyer wrote: Do you buy soil at all? Multi-purpose generally means multi-purpose and I even mentioned that I will have to read the label front and back next time so I'm not blaming Costco for that, just for stocking shitty products. I looked for this soil at other garden centres and no one caries it so 99% of the time, one could buy multi-purpose soil and use it for a variety of purposes. This soil is ONLY good for mixing with existing top soil outside, so it's not multi-purpose by any stretch of the imagination and it's only mentioned as tiny fine print on the back of the bag. I've been gardening since 2004 and have never come across such a product. I've even gotten comfortable enough to simply trust the procurement teams at the big box stores. I've learned that I can't apply the same trust for Costco anymore. Not a big deal!

My guess is that they just have a big pile of this that they bag. I don't think there is a special pile that goes to Costco or other nurseries and big box stores. So this stuff should be the same everywhere and Costco makes it best attempt to buy what customers want since it doesn't stock a lot of variety.
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djdestroyer wrote: Not buying soil from Costco anymore... the last bag of "multi-purpose" I bought turned out to be only good for mixing with top soil outdoors, no other uses and definitely could not be used a potting mix. Don't see how that amounts to "multi-purpose" but I'll be sure to read the label front and back next time.
It's Costco, you can return it Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Cold Sweat
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the11thdoctor wrote: I just can't decide if it's the worth the effort to go to my Costco and wait in line only for them not to have it
You can call and ask if/how many in stock before you go. They can even tell you which Costco in your city has it if any.
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No, this is the worst for spreading on the lawn. You want the cheapest garden soil full of sand. Home Depot has some for $1.89 a bag. This is like the gold standard of garden soil.
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while seemingly a great price, this is the regular costco price.

how does this compare to the miracle gro moisture control mix 60.5 L for $ 10.99?
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The annoying thing is going to Costco and trying to buy all your groceries and trying to stuff a few bags of these in your cart and if you can't do that, you might have to line up outside again to buy more. I don't think you can just the tell the cashier how many you want and come back for it?
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davext wrote: The annoying thing is going to Costco and trying to buy all your groceries and trying to stuff a few bags of these in your cart and if you can't do that, you might have to line up outside again to buy more. I don't think you can just the tell the cashier how many you want and come back for it?
I’ve seen ppl grab a 2nd cart in these types of situations instead of having to go back in again afterwards.
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our family is trying "larger" scale vegetable gardening this year. is this pro mix stuff worth working into the top of the garden soil? we just have existing (manual de-weeded) garden soil, landscape fabric, with a few inches of mulch on top...

any tips would be appreciated! we just put some seedlings in and some seeds as well. we're in the GTA.
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kevinshalfpenny wrote: Would this be good for overseeding a parched lawn? TIA
I don't see why this soil couldn't be used on lawns, however it's kinda too fancy for growing humble grass. For overseeding, you can use cheaper options like top soil, triple mix, or compost instead.

If your lawn needs correction to its level (i.e to raise it up), you can use top soil which contains sand and clay that are good fillers. However, if your main purpose is to amend the soil, you should instead use compost which contains a higher proportion of natural fertilizers. The compost can be of any type (organic, composted manure, etc.).

Here is one ressource on the topic:

https://www.lawn-care-academy.com/top-d ... 0situation.
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Mmagic888 wrote: I’ve seen ppl grab a 2nd cart in these types of situations instead of having to go back in again afterwards.
1 person, 2 carts?
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davext wrote: 1 person, 2 carts?
Yep!, they would stand between the cars and push one and pull the other.
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davext wrote: My guess is that they just have a big pile of this that they bag. I don't think there is a special pile that goes to Costco or other nurseries and big box stores. So this stuff should be the same everywhere and Costco makes it best attempt to buy what customers want since it doesn't stock a lot of variety.
Some suppliers will earmark an entire product to one retailer. More rare but happens often enough and not saying it happened here but maybe. As for Costco buying stuff that customers want, 99% of the time they're right but I don't include soil in that category anymore. The bag and price made it seem like regular multi-purpose soil but it's actually only good for one use (top dressing) which most people can do a lot cheaper and better with black earth, manure, mulch, etc.

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