Spring 2017


You are welcome to pick up soil by the cubic yard Monday - Friday 9 -4 and Saturdays in May from 9 -2.

No appointment needed.

This season our Manure Compost is $82 per cubic yard. It weighs 1200 lbs and most trucks can carry just one yard. Bigger, newer model trucks can carry two.

Please email or call us for other soil product info and pricing, or if you would like to arrange for a delivery.

Bulk Soil Options


Picking up

  • We sell our compost and potting soils by the cubic yard, at our Montpelier, VT location.
    • Loading hours are 9 am -4 pm Monday - Friday. And Saturdays in May from 9 -2.
  • We fill trucks and trailers with open beds (no caps, ladder racks are okay). We do not load bulk into cars, vans, or small containers. The minimum quantity we sell is one cubic yard.

Delivery

  • We can arrange for bulk soil deliveries throughout New England and NY, NJ, PA. We contract with local trucking companies that carry 1 - 40 yards of soil, depending on the size of the truck and the weight of the soil. Please email or call for delivery rates and quantity pricing.
  • The minimum the trucking companies deliver outside of Vermont is 20 cubic yards. Please email or call for more information.
    • If you do not want or need 20 yards, please see the next section which outlines our pallet options!
  • The turnaround for bulk deliveries varies from season to season.
    • In the Fall and Spring bulk deliveries can be delayed due to the weather and the resulting road conditions (especially dirt/mud roads, which are often posted). If you order during one of these transitional times, we will add your delivery to the queue and your order will be delivered as soon as possible. Whenever possible, we encourage ordering and accepting your bulk soil in the Fall to avoid mud season and posted roads!

Pallet of Bags and 2 Yard Sling Bag Options


  • We sell our compost and potting soils by the pallet. Pallets and 2 yard sling bags may be ordered in advance and picked up at our Montpelier, VT location or we can ship them to you via common carrier trucking companies*.
  • The minimum for delivery is one pallet the maximum is 24 pallets.*
  • A pallet is either a 2 yard sling bag or a full pallet of bags. We have the following bag sizes -
    • 6 quart - 270 on a pallet
    • 20 quart - 80 on a pallet
    • 40 quart (Perennial Blend only) - 40 on a pallet
    • 60 quart - 35 on a pallet
  • Within New England we have set shipping rates. Please contact us for details.
  • For all other states, we quote the shipping cost per order. The shipping rate is based on quantity, weight, location, and services needed.
    • In general, the shipping cost per pallet decreases when more pallets are shipped to one location. We encourage growers to share a delivery location with growers near them and we do what we can to connect growers near one another.

Please call or email us to place an order or use the form below to request an estimate.

*To accept delivery of a pallet or sling bag your location needs to be a commercial address that can accommodate a 53' tractor trailer. Your location will need to have equipment to unload the pallets or sling bags or the truck can utilize a liftgate for an additional fee. Use of the liftgate is not available if you order 10 or more pallets or sling bags. The trucking company cannot ship pallets or slings to residential addresses.

Request a Quote - to place your order please call or email info@vermontcompost.com


  • Shipping rates are based on quantity, weight, location and additional services needed.
  • To get the most accurate shipping quote, please be as specific as possible.
    • Total yards needed
    • If you would like multiple materials - how many of each?

Your tractor (with forks) must be capable of handling the weight of the pallet (1300-2400 lbs.), from the height of a tractor trailer. If your tractor is not capable of handling the weight of a pallet, we can order a liftgate service for an additional fee. The truck driver will unload the pallets with the liftgate and get them safely off the truck. They will not move the pallets to another location on your farm. The liftgate service is not available on trucks with 10 or more sling bags or pallets.

If you do not have a large tractor with forks or a forklift we need to order a liftgate service to lift the pallets off the tractor trailer. An additional shipping fee applies for the lift gate.

Approximately how many yards of soil do you need?

To Our Home Growers

Our commitment to the professional grower assures home growers that they are using the best soils available because the soil products we bag and ship to garden centers, catalog sellers, co-ops and other retailers are the same soil products we ship to professional growers. Vermont Compost only sells wholesale: bulk by the cubic yard, and in pallet quantities. Please visit our retailer list to find a seller of our products near you, or ask your local gardening supply store to consider carrying our line of soil products.

Bulk Retail - by the cubic yard


If you would like to purchase any of Vermont Compost's soil products in bulk by the cubic yard, you are more than welcome to come with your pick-up truck or call us to arrange for a delivery. The minimum we sell is one cubic yard. We only fill trucks with open beds (no caps, ladder racks are okay). We do not load bulk into cars or vans.

If you are looking for our bagged products we ask that you visit a local retailer.

We are open for loading Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday. We are open Saturdays during the month of May from 9am - 2pm.

Questions?


Please visit our FAQ page, our blog or our products page for more information about our business and the soil products we produce.

Or contact us at info@vermontcompost.com

Vermont Compost sells wholesale, (bulk by the cubic yard, by the pallet, or by 2 sling bags).

If you're looking for individual bags, please try one of these retailers. We recommend calling retailers to be sure they have the soil you need in stock.

Here is a link to a map of the retailers to help you find one near you - https://drive.google.com/open?id=14hDaBFNydIeXZxNP...

Online Retailers

Gardener's Supply
http://www.gardeners.com

High Mowing Seeds
http://www.highmowingseeds.com

The Online Greenhouse
http://www.theonlinegreenhouse.com

White Flower Farm
http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com

Retailers by State

Massachusetts


Allen Farm
412 South Rd.
Chilmark, MA 02535
(508) 645-9064
http://www.allenfarm.com
allenfarm@vineyard.net

Capital Forest Products (pallet quantities only)
21 Fottler Rd.
Hingham, MA 02043
(800) 542-3327
http://www.capitalforest.com

Dave's Fresh Pasta
81 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-0867
http://www.davesfreshpasta.com
info@davesfreshpasta.com

Emerald City Indoor Garden
51 Main St.
Westminster, MA 01473
(978) 668-5393
http://www.emeraldcitygrowstore.com

Greenline Growers
10 Waldo St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 383-4233
http://www.greenlinegrowers.com
info@greenlinegrowers.com

Green Path Garden Supply
276 W Main St. (Rt. 20)
Northboro, MA 01532
(877) 867-5202
http://www.greenpathgardensupply.com

Holly Hill Farm
236 Jerusalem Rd.
Cohasset, MA 02025
(781) 383-1455
http://www.hollyhillfarm.org
farmmgrhollyhillfarm@verizon.net

Pleasant Lake Farm
2 Birch Drive
Harwich, MA 02645
(508) 432-1992
http://www.pleasantlakefarm.com
info@pleasantlakefarm.com

Progressive Grower Agricultural Supply
81 Charlotte Furnace Road
West Wareham, MA 02576
508-273-7358
http://www.progressivegrower.com
palexander860@gmail.com

River Valley Market
330 North King St.
Northampton, MA 01061
(413) 584-2665
http://rivervalleymarket.coop
info@rivervalleymarket.coop

Smith, Bodfish & Swift
480 State Rd.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
(508) 696-1850
https://www.facebook.com/Smith-Bodfish-Swift-203238386381899/

Maine


Eldredge Lumber and Hardware
627 U.S. Route 1
York, ME 03909
(207) 363-2004
http://eldredgelumber.com

Metcalf Trading Post
218 Maple St.
Cornish, ME 04020
(207) 625-4994

Salsbury Hardware
1501 Maine Rt. 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-5182

The Homegrown Connection
407 Wilton Rd.
Farmington, ME 04938
(207) 778-4736

New Hampshire


Littleton Food Co-op
28 Bethleham Rd.
Littleton, NH 03561
(603) 444-2800
http://www.littletoncoop.com

Moultonborough Aubuchon
349 Rt. 25
Moultonborough, NH 03254
(603) 253-8200
http://www.aubuchon.com/006

Osborne's Agway
258 Sheep Davis Rd.
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-8561
http://www.osbornesagway.com
info@osbornesagway.com

Springledge Farm
37 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-6253
http://springledgefarm.com/
info@springledgefarm.com

West Lebanon Feed & Supply
12 Railroad Ave.
West Lebanon, NH 03784
(603) 298-8600
http://www.westlebanonsupply.com/
info@westlebanonsupply.com

New York


Quest Farm Produce
7142 State Route 21
Almond, NY 14804
(607) 661-8031
https://www.facebook.com/QuestFarmProduce
breynolds20@stny.rr.com

Pennsylvania


R.T. Griffis & Sons Lumber Company
76 Beech St.
Montrose, PA 18801
(570) 278-3821
http://rtgriffislumber.com/
griffis@epix.net

Rhode Island


Cluck! Urban Farm Supply
399 Broadway
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 274-1160
http://www.cluckri.com/
drake@cluckri.com

Vermont


Allen Brothers Farm
6023 US Route 5
Westminster, VT 05158
(802) 722-3395
http://allenbrothersfarms.com
info@allenbrosoil.com

Arcana
175 Schillhammer Road
Jericho, VT 05465
(802) 899-5123
http://www.arcana.ws/
csa@arcana.ws

Brattleboro Food Co-op
2 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257-0236
http://www.brattleborofoodcoop.com/
adminbfc@sover.net

Buffalo Mountain Co-op
39 South Main St.
Hardwick, VT 05843
(802) 472-6020
http://www.buffalomountaincoop.org/

Cedar Circle Farm
225 Pavillion Rd.
Thetford, VT 05043
(802) 785-4737
http://cedarcirclefarm.org/
growing@cedarcirclefarm.org

Central Supplies
839 Vt Route 12
Randolph, VT 05060
(802) 728-9531
http://bethelmills.com/locations/central-supplies/

City Market
82 S. Winooski Ave
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 861-9700
http://www.citymarket.coop/
info@citymarket.coop

Elmore Roots
631 Symonds Mill Road
Wolcott, VT 05680
(802) 888-3305
http://www.elmoreroots.com/
fruitpal@elmoreroots.com

Evergreen Gardens
15 Cabin Ln.
Waterbury Center, VT 05667
(802) 244-8523
http://www.evergreengardensvt.com/
evergardens@yahoo.com

Full Circle Gardens
68 Brigham Hill Road
Essex, VT 05452
(802) 879-1919
http://www.fullcirclegardens.com/
info@fullcirclegardens.com

Golden Russet Farm
1329 Lapham Bay Rd.
Shoreham, VT 05770
(802) 897-7031
http://www.goldenrussetfarm.com/
info@goldenrussetfarm.com

Guy's Farm & Yard (Montpelier)
19 Barre St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0567
http://guysfarmandyard.com/

Guy's Farm & Yard (Morrisville)
155 Portland St.
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-2025
http://guysfarmandyard.com/

Guy's Farm & Yard (Williston)
21 Zephyr Rd.
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 878-5112
http://guysfarmandyard.com/

Hunger Mountain Co-op
623 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-8000
http://www.hungermountain.coop/

J.M. Landscaping Nursery & Garden Center
757 Lower Plain
Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 522-5354
http://jmlandscaping.net/
info@jmlandscaping.com

Johnson Farm Garden, Hardware & Rental
1442 VT RT 15
Johnson, VT 05656
(802) 635-7282
http://www.jhrvt.com

Morrison's Feed Bag
1186 Memorial Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-0010
http://www.morrisonsfeeds.com
feedbag@morrisonsfeeds.com

Mr. Twitters
24 McKinley Ave
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-0795
http://www.mrtwitters.com/

Plainfield Co-op
153 Main St.
Plainfield, VT 05667
(802) 454-8579
http://www.plainfieldcoop.com/
info@plainfieldcoop.com

Plainfield Hardware
4723 U.S Rt. 2
East Montpelier, VT 05651
(802) 454-1000
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plainfield-Hardware/373322351243

Red Wagon Plants
2408 Shelburne Falls Rd.
Hinesburg, VT 05461
(802) 482-4060
http://redwagonplants.com/

Rocky Dale Gardens
806 Rockydale Road
Bristol, VT 05443
(802) 453-2782
http://rockydalegardens.com/
ed@rockydalegardens.com

Rutland Co-op
77 Wales St.
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-0737
http://rutlandcoop.com/

Second Nature Herb Farm
35 Mill Pond Road
Wells, VT 05774
802.645.9346

The Willey's Store
7 Breezy Ave.
Greensboro, VT 05861
(802) 533-2554
http://ww3.truevalue.com/willeys/Home.aspx

Upper Valley Food Co-op
193 North Main St.
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 295-5804
http://www.uppervalleyfood.coop/

Wisconsin


Paradigm Gardens
4501 Helgesen Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 241-3800
http://www.paradigmgardens.com

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't see the answer to your question, feel free to send us an email.

When is Vermont Compost Company open?

We are open for loading from 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday

We are open from 9am - 2:00pm Saturdays in May

We are closed Mondays in July and August

Do you have more than one location?

No. All of our bulk soil products and bagged product in full pallet quantities are sold directly from:

Vermont Compost Company
1996 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
802-223-6049

We have multiple retailers that sell our bagged products in less than pallet quantities. Please click here for a list of retailers.

Central Supplies is the only retailer that carries our bulk screened compost:

Central Supplies
839 VT ROUTE 12
Randolph, VT 05060
(802) 728-9531

Instead of buying bags from my local retailer can we buy them at Vermont Compost?

No. Vermont Compost sells wholesale – bulk by the cubic yard and bagged by the pallet. If you need less than a pallet quantity of soil (one pallet is equal to 80 20-quart bags or 35 60-quart bags), please visit one of our retailers or order from one of our catalog or on-line sellers. Both can be found here.

Can I bring my own container and fill it with one of your soils?

No. We only sell bulk by the cubic yard or pallet quantities. Your truck or trailer must be capable of handling a minimum of one yard of bulk product or one full pallet. Bags of soil (6-quart, 20-quart, and 60-quart) are found at local retailers.

What do I need to know about getting compost or soil blends loaded into my vehicle?

Vermont Compost Company will only load soil by the cubic yard, into the back of pickup trucks and trailers. We use wheel loaders with one cubic yard buckets – there is no shoveling required.

One yard of compost weighs 1200 lbs. Most standard pick-up trucks can carry one to two yards depending on the trucks Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (info can usually be found on the inside driver side door of your vehicle).

We cannot load soil into containers, cars, vans, or into trucks that have caps. We do not sell bulk soil in quantities less than one cubic yard.

We ask all visitors to please keep animals inside their vehicles. The farm dogs at Vermont Compost Company are trained to protect the farm and chickens. They are working farm dogs and are very territorial.

Before visiting our farm, please be sure your vehicle is not leaking fluids (gasoline, diesel, brake, transmission, coolant, etc). We ask that trucks arrive clean without any soil-contaminating residuals in the bed (eg. road salt, hay chaff, gasoline, etc). Bringing a tarp to put both under and over the soil will be helpful to you during transport and unloading.

For your safety, we ask that all humans exit the vehicle while it is being loaded.

Can we drop off our home kitchen waste at Vermont Compost Company?

Yes. You will find three bins at our lower driveway under the sign reading "Household Compost Drop Off." Two bins receive food waste and one bin contains a soil blend you can use as a cover material to control moisture and odor. Please deposit your food waste and then sprinkle a scoop of the "cover material" on top.

We accept all kitchen scraps including: meat and bones, unbleached coffee filters and tea bags.

We DO NOT accept: Plastics of any kind (“compostable” or otherwise), PLU stickers, wood ash, leaves, grass clippings, any paper products or “compostable” plates, bowls, cups, or flatware, or any non-Vermont Compost potting soil from ornamental plants.

Do you take yard debris?

Yes. We also take brush, tree limbs, and stumps, which we use for hügelkultur-inspired land building on our site.

Please call ahead to make arrangements to drop off your yard waste: 802-839-6014

How do I figure out how much soil I need?

Use our handy coverage calculator to determine how much Manure Compost or Compost Plus you need to amend a bed or how much Perennial Blend you need to fill a raised bed.

Use our Pot Filling Chart to determine how many yards or bags you need to start your seeds!

Are your compost and potting soil sterile?

No. Sterile means devoid of life. Healthy compost and potting soil contains the living biota necessary for successful soil and plant life.

What is the compost made from?

Our compost is comprised of carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients: a fully mature composted blend of bovine, equine, and avian manures, hardwood bark, late cut hay, spoiled silage, animal bedding, and food residuals. We blend biodynamic preparations and mature compost to inspire bacterial and fungal activity. Free of live weed seed, never any sewer sludge. Manure Compost is approved for use on certified organic farms and forms the base of all Vermont Compost soil mixes.

Please click here for more information on our compost process.

How old is your compost?

Our compost is typically aged between eight and twelve months at point of sale.

Is the compost weed seed free?

Yes. We go to great lengths to ensure our compost and potting soil is weed free. Other weed spores may drift across our exposed piles, but do not survive turning, weeding, and screening intervals. In order to avoid contamination during transportation, we ask customers to thoroughly clean their truck beds before loading.

Please click here for more information on our compost process.

I recently started seeds.  Now there is a white 'mold' growing on the soil.  What is this and will it harm my plants?

We hear about "mold" issues in the early spring, when conditions are still cold and dark.  A linen-white fluffy presence is normal and beneficial. The white growth is an actinomycetal flush which is non-pathogenic and will disappear. We recommend that your plants go into the nighttime hours as dry as possible.

You can learn more about actinobacteria here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinobacteria

Are the food and manures you receive, from organic farms?

Some of our input stream is certified organic, some is not. Regardless of non-organic input, by the time our compost and potting soil reaches maturity they are approved by VOF (Vermont Organic Farmers) for use in organic production.

Are Vermont Compost soils tested?

Yes. We perform plant germination and growth performance tests (plant "bio-assays") on all composts and soil mixes before we release them to customers. We also perform lab tests in-house to determine EC (electrical conductivity), pH, and NO3 (Nitrate) levels. We regularly send samples to outside University labs for total nutrient and saturated paste analysis, which provides additional information and corroboration of our in-house tests. Each compost has a batch number which follows it from the assembly of raw materials, through process, invoicing, and delivery to the customer. Temperature and time of turning data are tracked to prove compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the certification branch of NOFA-VT.

Are Vermont Compost products organic?

All ingredients used in Vermont Compost Company products are approved for certified organic production. Our composting process meets the National Organic Program (NOP) standard requirements and our products are approved by the Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the certification branch of NOFA-VT. Our customer base includes over 400 professional certified organic growers.

Click here to view our Vermont Organic Farmers Approval Letter.

Can I plant directly into the compost?

It is best to blend our compost with other soil, keeping the balance less than 50% compost. Our compost is best used as a soil amendment, not as a complete growing medium. If you need a complete growing medium, try Fort Vee, Fort Light, or Perennial Blend.

I would like to apply compost to my entire garden.  As a general rule, how many inches do you recommend?

Roughly 1-3 inches. Use our soil coverage calculator to help you to determine how much you need.

How much compost should I apply per acre?

Please call us for a consult. 802-223-6049

Which soil do you recommend if using a soil block maker?

Fort Vee is ideal for making soil blocks, though Fort Light may also be used.

What are the suggested uses for Compost Plus?

Compost Plus is a nutrient-boosting soil amendment. Add a handful to any plant (or more for larger plants) -- indoor containers, raised beds, flowers, and fruits or make a slurry tea of Compost Plus and use it for watering. This blend will not burn plants/roots.

I recently built raised beds. Which soil do you recommend for filling them?

We recommend Perennial Blend for raised beds or gardens in need of soil volume. If you have existing garden soil or topsoil on site, we recommend amending it with Manure Compost.

I manage a business that generates food waste. How do I arrange to have our food waste picked-up?

Vermont Compost Company accepts food waste from schools, restaurants and businesses. Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District handles the trucking and billing accounts for food residual generators. Please contact them directly at 802.229.9383

Can we return our empty Vermont Compost bags or slings bags?

No. We do not accept bag returns due to the potential for contamination.

Do you use peanut shells in your soil products?

Not directly. We accept household and restaurant food residuals, therefore, we cannot offer a peanut-free guarantee.

Do you sell soil products without animal manures?

No. All of our soils contain animal manures.

Estimate Your Coverage

How much material would you like to add to your existing soil?

Tips - If you have multiple beds, enter in the dimensions of one bed and multiply the result with the number of beds.

If you are starting seeds in trays, flats, or soil blocks, or creating hanging baskets you will want to use our Pot Filling Chart.

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Size Bags/pallet Bags needed
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20 Qt Bags 80/pallet 0
40 Qt Bags 40/pallet 0
60 Qt Bags 35/pallet 0
2 Yard Slings 1/pallet 0

Fall Prebuy Program: September 21, 2016 - December 21, 2016


Vermont Compost's Fall Prebuy Program offers significant discount pricing to professional growers who choose to buy their potting soil in the fall. This is also an opportunity to save significantly on shipping fees since orders are organized by state or region and drop off locations are minimized. If you would like to participate in our Prebuy Program, please give us a call in the fall! 802-223-6049


COMPOST Deadline: October 31, 2016

Compost Discount SAVE 10%: Order, prepay, and take delivery of bulk compost by October 31, 2016. You must order at least 8 yards and all 8 yards must be picked up or delivered in one transaction. Please note: this is the only prebuy option for compost and the deadline is October 31, 2016.

Growers who participate in our Fall Compost Prebuy Program receive our "Best Price 10% Discount" on compost re-orders on or after June 1, 2017. Re-order discounts only apply to the program in which you participate. e.g. If you prebuy compost, you get discounts on 2017 compost re-orders. If you prebuy potting soil, you get discounts on 2017 potting soil re-orders.

POTTING SOIL Deadline: December 21, 2016

Base Prebuy Discount SAVE 10%: Order and prepay by December 21, 2016 and pick up or take delivery before September 21, 2017

Early Ship Discount SAVE 12%: Order, prepay and take delivery before December 21, 2016

Shared Truckload Discount SAVE 14%: Order, prepay and take delivery during one of our "Shared Truckloads" during your state's week.

Approximate dates trucks will leave Vermont Compost:


Tuesday, November 1, 2016:

MN, IL, WI, IA

Tuesday, November 8, 2016:

PA, OH

Tuesday, November 15, 2016:

NY, NJ

Tuesday, November 29, 2016:

RI, CT

Tuesday, December 6, 2016:

MA, ME

Tuesday, December 13, 2016:

VT, NH


Full Truckload Discount SAVE 16%: Order a full truckload (minimum 20 pallets/slings, maximum 24 pallets/slings), prepay and take delivery by December 21, 2016. All full truckloads must be ordered by one contact person and shipped to one location.

Growers who participate in the Fall Potting Soil Prebuy Program receive our "Best Price 10% Discount" on all potting soil re-orders placed and received by September 21, 2017. Re-order discounts only apply to the program in which you participate. e.g. If you prebuy compost, you get discounts on 2017 compost re-orders. If you prebuy potting soil, you get discounts on 2017 potting soil re-orders.

Click here to download the 2016 Prebuy info packet. This is the same document we send out to growers on our mailing list. For more information about product pricing and shipping details, please use our Wholesale Request a Quote Form, or contact us via email or phone.


We would like to thank Eliot Coleman for so eloquently explaining why investing in Vermont Compost potting soil is so important to his farm! As a friend and customer of Karl's for over 30 years, Eliot's input has been invaluable.

As you're planning for your potting soil and compost needs for your coming season, consider your potting soil and compost purchase as an investment for the future health and vitality of your farm. Every time you transplant a soil block or plug, you are adding to the value to your field, greenhouse, or customer relationship. Ensuring your plant gets off to the best start begins with the soil you sow your seed into.

Invest in the health and productivity of crop, whether bound for the field, greenhouse, or pot by purchasing one of our premium potting soils!