Hometown: Dripping Springs
Filed Under: If you buried a dinosaur bone in this soil, we bet you'd grow a dinosaur.
Overview: Premium soil blend--the "Cadillac of soils"--created by organic gardening expert John Dromgoole. John's experience spans 40+ years, back to when most people thought "organic" described a plugged-in piano. Rose Magic can be used as an amendment to existing soil, or directly as a stand-alone potting soil, and is appreciated by rosarians and non-rosarians alike
Appreciate: The combination of blended materials, and the science behind it. Rose Magic Soil Blend is made of 5 types of composts, reclaimed composted topsoil, decomposed granite, expanded shale, and another Lady Bug Natural Brand product called Glittering Greensand. Here's the story on the expanded shale: Researchers at Texas A&M University concluded that when added to existing heavy soil, it resulted in stronger, deeper roots. "Expanded shale" is shale that's been treated in a hot kiln, where the shale expands and creates pockets, which in turn retain moisture. Glittering Greensand (yes, it actually glitters) provides root-boosting iron and potassium, improving water retention and reducing the stress that occurs during hot weather. Glittering Greensand is made available for sale by itself, without the other magic; see the Lady Bug Natural Brand website for details
Know: Rose Magic Soil Blend is good for more than just roses. As it says on the bag, "Roses love it, Perrenials too!" The Diego Files used many, many cubic feet of Rose Magic to plant some exotic screening bamboo (please no one tell John Dromgoole we planted a non-native species in our Texas yard). The special organic, compost materials in Rose Magic will help introduce essential microorganisms to your soil that create nutrients and suppress disease. Bottom line, if you've paid good money for your plants and flowers, you should be extra concerned about the soil they're planted in. Shovel away those concerns by shoveling in some Rose Magic
Special Comments: In addition to Rose Magic Soil Blend, Lady Bug Natural Brand also offers a variety of other soils, including our new favorite, the Square Foot Gardening Blend. Beyond soils, Lady Bug Natural Brand also makes fertilizers, soil amendments, compost, mulch, and weed control-- none of which contain any chemical fertilizers or toxic pesticides
Cost: Around $25 for 1 cubic foot (bag)
See it: Here.