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IN STOCK NOW! BLACK GOLD POTTING SOIL! Perfect for repotting houseplants into larger indoor containers for the winter.

Made from the finest ingredients, Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Mix is an all-purpose mix recommended for containers and raised beds and ensures good aeration.

According to Black Gold, health guidelines for people explain that maintaining a good diet and lifestyle will help keep our bodies healthy. This same principle is true for plants. The more we can do to make a plant healthy and avoid stressful conditions, the likelier that plant will thrive.

  • Ideal for all container-grown flowers, herbs and vegetables
  • Enriched with earthworm castings, perlite, pumice and organic fertilizer
  • OMRI listed organic
  • Several sizes are available
  • Packaging may vary
  • Listed by the organic materials review institute for the production of organic food and fiber
  • Rich, loamy mix is one of the best for all gardening applications
  • Perlite and pumice are added to ensure optimum pore and air space for sturdy growth
  • Use in hanging baskets, patio containers, herb gardens, vegetable plantings, and anywhere you would like to use an organic soil
  • Regionally formulated, western region only, packaging may vary
If you have any questions on which soil is best for your gardening needs, ask one of our Payne’s Gardening Experts at any of our locations.


Good soil for planting typically has a balanced combination of organic matter, minerals, and water-holding capacity. This allows for optimal root development, nutrient uptake, and water retention, which are essential for healthy plant growth.

Additionally, good soil should have a neutral pH level and adequate aeration to promote healthy microbial activity and prevent soil compaction. Proper soil drainage is also important to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot and other soil-borne diseases.

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VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!


I have been telling customers for weeks that it is too early to plant certain vegetables. One should not only consider moon signs and weather predictions, but also soil temperatures. Soil temperature will affect seed germination and seedling growth.
Crops from seed, such as, carrots, parsley, lettuce and spinach will germinate at 45 degrees but will grow best with warmer air temperatures. But your lettuce and spinach will start to bolt when it gets too hot. Crops like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant can be seeded into 50 degree soil, but prefer a minimum of 65 degrees. If you are starting with seedlings, they all will prefer warmer (optimum) temperatures to grow.  We will have a selection of tomatoes and peppers. As for cucumbers squash and melons, we do those a little later. As most of you know, our frost-free date is May 15. Patience, patience.
I know some of you have greenhouses, cold frames and such so you are looking for starts early on, but the majority of our customers may not have the space or they may be gardening for the first time. As a local nursery we attempt to have starts ready when it is time to plant them outside.  We want all of you to have a successful garden.