Organic Soils and Fertilizers


The Scoop on Organic Growing
A healthy plant begins with healthy soil. At Effingers we carry a wide range of organic soilless mixes, as well as organic fertilizers.

Why go organic? Organic mixes are chemical free, nutrient rich, and environmentally friendly.

Organic Potting Soils

Happy Frog Potting Soil HAPPY FROG by Foxfarm
Our number one bestseller, Happy Frog, is designed for container planting. Whether you’re growing a ficus in the dining room or a geranium on the patio, Happy Frog will be sure to please! Generously amended with soil microbes, guano, earthworm castings, and compost.
Ocean Forest Potting Soil OCEAN FOREST by Foxfarm
Ocean Forest is a powerhouse blend of aged forest products, sphagnum peat moss, earthworm castings, bat guano, fish emulsion, and crab meal. These ingredients give Ocean Forest a light, aerated texture. Another great potting mix, ready to use straight out of the bag.

Happy Frog VS Ocean Forest… How do I choose?

Both Ocean Forest and Happy Frog Potting Soils are formulated with earthworm castings, bat guano, peat moss and aged forest products and provide an ideal environment for container gardens.
There are a few distinct differences between these two products.  Ocean Forest is a premium mix that contains ocean-going ingredients such as kelp, crab meal and shrimp meal.  Happy Frog Potting Soil is an economical alternative that includes humic acids and beneficial microbes. Ocean Forest contains a bit more perlite, making it lighter and well drained. Happy Frog is denser, making it a great choice for those who are forgetful waterers.

Coco Loco COCO LOCO by Foxfarm
Bush Doctor Coco Loco Potting Soil is a unique mixture. It contains Coco Coir, a medium that helps to retain water. It also contains aged forest products, perlite, earthworm castings, bat guano, Norwegian kelp meal, oyster shell and dolomite lime. They even tossed in mycorrhizae for good measure! We are very excited to add this Potting Mix to our line of Organic Products

Organic Nutrients

Once you have a good potting mix, the next step to a healthy plant is fertilizer. We carry a plethora of organic fertilizers from the Fox Farm and Espoma Organic collections. Here are a few of our best sellers:

Big Bloom Big Bloom® Liquid Plant Food

LIQUID Big Bloom Liquid Plant Food is formulated for use on all plants and can be used every time you water. Big Bloom is a carefully selected blend of fertilizers formulated to support multiple blooms and seed formations.  This liquid plant food supplies nutrients that your plants can access immediately.
Grow Big Grow Big® Liquid Plant Food
LIQUID Get your garden going with Grow Big, our liquid concentrate fertilizer that supports lush vegetative growth. This special brew is designed to enhance plant size and structure, allowing for more abundant fruit, flower and bud development. It is formulated with a low pH to maintain stability in storage and keep micronutrients available.
Tiger Bloom Tiger Bloom® Liquid Plant Food
LIQUID Tiger Bloom is a phosphorus fertilizer that contains nitrogen to support vigorous growth. Tiger Bloom is designed to encourage abundant fruit, flower, and multiple bud development. Use Tiger Bloom at the first signs of flowering through harvest. Tiger Bloom can also be used as a foliar feed. Just mix with water, and spray on in the early morning.
Espoma Plant Tone
GRANULAR An all-purpose organic fertilizer. For larger, greener, and more abundant plants. Slow release and non-burning.
Espoma Flower Tone Espoma Flower Tone
GRANULAR An organic bloom booster for larger and more abundant blooms. Slow release and non-burning.


Organic Soil Conditioner

The final important piece to the potting mix puzzle is a good soil conditioner. Soil conditioners help balance pH, encourage nutrient uptake, prevent soil compacting, and many other benefits.

Fish Shit Fish Sh!t Soil Conditioner
Fish Sh!t is derived from feeding tilapia a proprietary mix of feed that when digested lends itself nicely to bacteria and microorganism production/growth under proper conditions. Fish Sh!t is the first of its kind ecosystem in a bottle. By introducing a wide variety of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms in to the rhizosphere, Fish Sh!t creates an optimal symbiotic relationship between plant and soil. This product will help increase yield (by up to 20%!), increase terpene production (more flavor!), and increases nutrient intake. Your plants will exponentiate before your eyes!


Haily Bolen is the author of this page and one of our experts on organic soils, fertilizers and conditioners. She can be reached at Effingers during normal business hours.

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