Monday, May 23, 2011

Kennebec Organics Soil review

Recently Kennebec Organics supplied me with a sample of their NEW potting soil/seed starter for an Achorn Farm review. It was amazingly light and fluffy with a rich mahogany color. It looked good enough to eat. Not really but you get the picture.

For years I've used the commercially available over the counter Pro Mix. I figured if it was good enough for the professional gardener it should certainly should work for us.

With this in mind I set out on a head to head comparison between the big box stores and a new local business.

My initial expectation was that I would find a 10- 20% measurable difference between the two soils. However, to my surprise the results were far greater then I expected. The Kennebec Organic soil on the LEFT grew twice the size of the Promix which is on the right. I will be interested to see if this equates to twice the yield at harvest time. But more important than the numbers, healthy vigorous plants produce more nutritionally dense food which is one of the main reasons we garden.

These bell peppers were grown side by side using the same seed tray, water, and light exposure. I know which seed starter we will be using from now on.
Remember... plant SMARTER not HARDER with Kennebec Organics!

Currently this product is available at Visions on KMD in Oakland, ME (465-8200)

~Maine Man


House Built On Stone said...

my goodness such a difference! i love watching plants grow

Anonymous said...

I tried to google Kennebec Organics but came up empty-handed. Where is their potting soil sold?

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GreyWolf said...

WOW that is quite a difference.
Keep us informed as the season progresses.

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a huge difference! We'll be looking into this stuff for next year!

Jodi - Living the Road Less Traveled (blogger is being a pain again and won't let me sign in. boo)

Stephanie Ann said...

This is great that you did this experiement. I have to try things like this. My tiny garden is never as fruitful as I'd like it to be. I'm trying to learn the basics. I eventually would love to grow the majority of my produce. Your blog is very interesting, I am enjoying looking through the archives.

jean said...

Looks like you should stay with Kennebec Org. soil.

Country Girl said...

Just added to the post the location this product is currently available at.
Thanks Kina, I love to read especially about homesteading etc..I will e-mail you shortly.