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Organic Potting Soil

This complete organic soil mix is exactly what your garden needs and is pet & kid friendly. Formulated on the Clackamas Coot recipe and philosophy, "If everything a plant needs is in the soil, than everything else takes care of itself", this potting soil mix contains only natural ingredients. Your living soil will include our own worm castings and a balanced amount of nutrients and minerals to grow fruits and vegetables that taste like your grandmothers' tomatoes.

This soil is mixed fresh and delivered free in the Central Florida area in either 2 cubic foot bags, 1/2 yard (14 cu. ft.) or 1 yard (28 cu. ft.) quantities. All you need to do is place this potting mix in either your pots, containers or raised bed gardens and add water. A yard of soil does roughly a 4ft by 8ft by 1ft deep garden. Our yard of living soil is $300 delivered, that means we give you 28 cu. Ft. coming out to $10.70 a cu. Ft.! Compare this to store bought "organic" soil and you actually save money, it's better for your family and your wallet!

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Soil For Any Garden

  • Container gardens
  • Raised bed gardens  
  • Edible plants
  • Indoor and outdoor potted plants
  • Potted flowers

What's in the Mix

Canadian sphagnum peat moss, perlite, vermicompost for the organic matter and good biology. We then add to this North Atlantic sea kelp, neem meal, karanja meal, crustacean meal, alfalfa meal, lime, gypsum and basalt for mineralization. The formula for this mix has been in use for over 25 years, and is the perfect combination of ingredients to grow healthy and productive plants that are nutritionally dense and without chemicals!

Delivery Details

We mix this premium potting soil fresh upon your order. Because of this, we ask that you give 2-4 business days to complete your order. You could formulate this potting mix on your own, but we decided to do the hard work for you to make it convenient for new gardeners or those who have a busy schedule but still want to garden.

The process is simple

  1. Fill out an order form
  2. Your potting soil is formulated to perfection
  3. We deliver it to you on a day most convenient to you

How do I make the Clackamas Coot soil mix?

The Clackamas Coot Mix

Here is the recipe for my personal potting soil mix and this will make 1 cubic foot (which is just a little over 7 gallons).

  1. Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss (CSPM). Think of this as the frame on your car. This material is standard in the nursery industry and we can get this at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and other stores. This material is compressed, so we’ll want to break it apart so that it’s loose and you can move your fingers through it easily. We want 1/2 bucket which is about 2.5 gallons.
  2. Vermicompost. A good alternative is 80% compost and 20% worm castings. If CSPM is the frame for this project, the vermicompost is the entire drive-train. I cannot stress enough the importance of sourcing the finest vermicompost that you can find in your area. Measure out 1/2 bucket and add to the CSPM. I’m going to switch gears a bit and we’ll add the amendments to this combination and it’s only 6 items so nothing to worry about. 
  3. 2 cups of malted grains from a home-brew store. Have them grind it for you at the store. Try to get it ground to as close to whole-heat flour as possible.
  4. 1 cup limestone (I.e. Calcium Carbonate - CaCO3). You do not want to use Dolomite Lime which will have 10% or so of Magnesium. We want to use limestone only.
  5. 2 cups of granite rock dust. Almost every retail and even commercial potting soil lacks this all-important item. Soil at it’s basic level is rotted plant and animal material and shattered rock. For the microbial health in the soil as well as other reasons we want to add either basalt rock dust(West Coast) or granite on the East Coast. Please avoid Azomite, Bentonite, Zeolite because all are alumina-silicate compounds and the last thing that we want in our soil is aluminum especially at the levels found in these colloidal minerals. 
  6. 1 cup Gypsum (Calcium and Sulfur)
  7. 1 cup Crustacean Meal (Crab and/or Shrimp Meal) (Calcium, Nitrogen and Chitin along with other benefits)
  8. 1 cup kelp meal (North Atlantic) to our developing soil mix. No other plant has the array of nutrients, compounds and such as kelp meal.
  9. 3/4 cup of Karanja Meal
  10. 3/4 cup Neem Meal
  11. Now, water this mix and let it soak for a few hours to make sure that we have good hydration in all of the material. 
  12. 1/2 bucket of perlite or rice hulls for aeration. Use a pitch fork or hoe and thoroughly mix everything together. So, you will see your potting soil coming together. 

"This mix is perfect for starting seeds or for planting seedlings or transplants that you buy at shows." - Clackamas Coot

How do you calculate the amount of soil needed for a raised bed garden?

How to find soil volume for square or rectangular beds

  1. Measure the length, width and height of your bed. (Unless the boards are very thick, don't worry about inside/outside measurements.
  2. Multiply all the measurements together: 6 x 3 x 1.4 = 25.2 cubic feet.
  3. Divide the answer by 27 to get the number of cubic yards.

Could I use mushroom compost as my organic matter?

Mushroom compost can help amend garden soil, but should be used with caution. Mushroom compost is rich in soluble salts and other nutrients and can kill germinating seeds and harm salt-sensitive plants including rhododendrons and azaleas. Mushroom compost can supply nutrients and increase the water-holding capacity of the soil but can be too much of a good thing for seeds, seedlings and young plants.

How many pounds of worm castings should I use in my raised bed garden?

For an existing 4' x 4' bed approximately 30 lb. bag, for a 4' x 8' bed approximately two 30 lb. bags, gently work into the top 4 or 5 inches of soil careful not to disturb roots.


Do I need to use a special potting mix?

You can use any basic potting mix when mixing the ingredients of the living soil kit together. We provide a Rain Science grow bag because of it's ease of use and aeration. Be aware that your soil may dry out faster and you might wish to adjust your watering schedule or growing medium depending on the moisture requirements of specific plants.

Are Rain Science grow bags good for organic gardening?

Yes, Rain Science Grow bags meet the requirements of the CA Department of Public Health “Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions. We leach nothing to the soil and exchange nothing with the environment. If the rest of your grow is organic you can feel confident using Rain Science.

Organic Potting Soil

Organic Potting Soil

This complete organic soil mix is exactly what your garden needs and is pet & kid friendly. Formulated on the Clackamas Coot recipe and philosophy, "If everything a plant needs is in the soil, than everything else takes care of itself", this potting soil mix contains only natural ingredients. Your living soil will include our own worm castings and a balanced amount of nutrients and minerals to grow fruits and vegetables that taste like your grandmothers' tomatoes.

This soil is mixed fresh and delivered free in the Central Florida area in either 2 cubic foot bags, 1/2 yard (14 cu. ft.) or 1 yard (28 cu. ft.) quantities. All you need to do is place this potting mix in either your pots, containers or raised bed gardens and add water. A yard of soil does roughly a 4ft by 8ft by 1ft deep garden. Our yard of living soil is $300 delivered, that means we give you 28 cu. Ft. coming out to $10.70 a cu. Ft.! Compare this to store bought "organic" soil and you actually save money, it's better for your family and your wallet!

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$25.00

Soil For Any Garden

  • Container gardens
  • Raised bed gardens  
  • Edible plants
  • Indoor and outdoor potted plants
  • Potted flowers

What's in the Mix

Canadian sphagnum peat moss, perlite, vermicompost for the organic matter and good biology. We then add to this North Atlantic sea kelp, neem meal, karanja meal, crustacean meal, alfalfa meal, lime, gypsum and basalt for mineralization. The formula for this mix has been in use for over 25 years, and is the perfect combination of ingredients to grow healthy and productive plants that are nutritionally dense and without chemicals!

Delivery Details

We mix this premium potting soil fresh upon your order. Because of this, we ask that you give 2-4 business days to complete your order. You could formulate this potting mix on your own, but we decided to do the hard work for you to make it convenient for new gardeners or those who have a busy schedule but still want to garden.

The process is simple

  1. Fill out an order form
  2. Your potting soil is formulated to perfection
  3. We deliver it to you on a day most convenient to you

Common Questions

How do I make the Clackamas Coot soil mix?

The Clackamas Coot Mix

Here is the recipe for my personal potting soil mix and this will make 1 cubic foot (which is just a little over 7 gallons).

  1. Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss (CSPM). Think of this as the frame on your car. This material is standard in the nursery industry and we can get this at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and other stores. This material is compressed, so we’ll want to break it apart so that it’s loose and you can move your fingers through it easily. We want 1/2 bucket which is about 2.5 gallons.
  2. Vermicompost. A good alternative is 80% compost and 20% worm castings. If CSPM is the frame for this project, the vermicompost is the entire drive-train. I cannot stress enough the importance of sourcing the finest vermicompost that you can find in your area. Measure out 1/2 bucket and add to the CSPM. I’m going to switch gears a bit and we’ll add the amendments to this combination and it’s only 6 items so nothing to worry about. 
  3. 2 cups of malted grains from a home-brew store. Have them grind it for you at the store. Try to get it ground to as close to whole-heat flour as possible.
  4. 1 cup limestone (I.e. Calcium Carbonate - CaCO3). You do not want to use Dolomite Lime which will have 10% or so of Magnesium. We want to use limestone only.
  5. 2 cups of granite rock dust. Almost every retail and even commercial potting soil lacks this all-important item. Soil at it’s basic level is rotted plant and animal material and shattered rock. For the microbial health in the soil as well as other reasons we want to add either basalt rock dust(West Coast) or granite on the East Coast. Please avoid Azomite, Bentonite, Zeolite because all are alumina-silicate compounds and the last thing that we want in our soil is aluminum especially at the levels found in these colloidal minerals. 
  6. 1 cup Gypsum (Calcium and Sulfur)
  7. 1 cup Crustacean Meal (Crab and/or Shrimp Meal) (Calcium, Nitrogen and Chitin along with other benefits)
  8. 1 cup kelp meal (North Atlantic) to our developing soil mix. No other plant has the array of nutrients, compounds and such as kelp meal.
  9. 3/4 cup of Karanja Meal
  10. 3/4 cup Neem Meal
  11. Now, water this mix and let it soak for a few hours to make sure that we have good hydration in all of the material. 
  12. 1/2 bucket of perlite or rice hulls for aeration. Use a pitch fork or hoe and thoroughly mix everything together. So, you will see your potting soil coming together. 

"This mix is perfect for starting seeds or for planting seedlings or transplants that you buy at shows." - Clackamas Coot

How do you calculate the amount of soil needed for a raised bed?

How to find soil volume for square or rectangular beds

  1. Measure the length, width and height of your bed. (Unless the boards are very thick, don't worry about inside/outside measurements.
  2. Multiply all the measurements together: 6 x 3 x 1.4 = 25.2 cubic feet.
  3. Divide the answer by 27 to get the number of cubic yards.

Could I use mushroom compost as my organic matter?

Mushroom compost can help amend garden soil, but should be used with caution. Mushroom compost is rich in soluble salts and other nutrients and can kill germinating seeds and harm salt-sensitive plants including rhododendrons and azaleas. Mushroom compost can supply nutrients and increase the water-holding capacity of the soil but can be too much of a good thing for seeds, seedlings and young plants.

How many pounds of worm castings should I use in my raised bed garden?

For an existing 4' x 4' bed approximately 30 lb. bag, for a 4' x 8' bed approximately two 30 lb. bags, gently work into the top 4 or 5 inches of soil careful not to disturb roots.


Do I need to use a special potting mix?

You can use any basic potting mix when mixing the ingredients of the living soil kit together. We provide a Rain Science grow bag because of it's ease of use and aeration. Be aware that your soil may dry out faster and you might wish to adjust your watering schedule or growing medium depending on the moisture requirements of specific plants.

Are Rain Science grow bags good for organic gardening?

Yes, Rain Science Grow bags meet the requirements of the CA Department of Public Health “Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions. We leach nothing to the soil and exchange nothing with the environment. If the rest of your grow is organic you can feel confident using Rain Science.