Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix Review


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You may have heard about the unseasonable warm stretch we’ve had recently in New England.  It’s the strangest thing.  I love it, of course, but to be running around in shorts and tank tops in the middle of March is really quite odd.  And all around us, everything is bursting into bloom, trees and shrubs are budding, my tulips are coming up, and we haven’t even hit Easter yet.  I do fear a late freeze killing everything off, but for the time being, I am like everyone else, trying to get outside as much as possible and enjoy that warmth. 

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All of this crazy weather is making my hands itch to start gardening, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s only March.  Over the past few years, we put in an ever-expanding vegetable patch, and this year we will be adding at least two new raised beds.  So when I was asked to review a new concentrated planting mix from Miracle-Grop, I thought it sounded like fun.  Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro™ is made to expand up to three times when mixed with water, and it feeds plants and flowers for up to 6 months.  It contains the unique Miracle-Gro plant food formula, along with coconut coir fiber so that it holds 50% more water than typical potting soils.  It’s perfect for improving sandy or clay soils and can improve native soils for years after it is first added.

I decided to try it over the weekend in a couple of terra cotta pots.  Besides our raised beds for tomatoes, peppers and lettuce, we like to fill our patio with various potted herbs.  We do numerous basil and cilantro plants, as well as rosemary, tarragon, thyme, mint and dill.  It becomes a veritable jungle out there in the middle of summer.  But I thought I would get an early jump on things with the warm weather and put in a few seeds.  Since it’s going to cool off for again for the next few days, the pots are going to have to hang out for a while inside, on our windowsills.  But it means we will be all the more prepared when the warm weather returns.  And they say Expand ‘n Gro™ helps you grow up to 3 times the plants and vegetables…I can’t wait to see the actual results.

I can’t, obviously, tell you what the results of the Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro™ on the actual health of my plants yet.  What I can tell you is that it really is concentrated and it really does expand to about 3 times the size when you add water.  It was cool to watch, actually.  And as someone who as hauled around numerous large bags of potting soil and had a back ache from doing so, I have to say that the whole idea of a concentrated soil product is an excellent one.  If you are an avid gardener like me, or even if you just have a few pots on your terrace or windowsill, you should definitely check out Expand ‘n Gro™. So far, it seems like an excellent product to me and I am looking forward to seeing how my potted plants do and how well it improves the soil in my raised garden beds. 

The great news is that I have a sample of Miracle Gro Expand ‘n Gro™ for one of my readers to try for FREE.  Check out Expand ‘n Gro™ here and then leave me a comment and let me know what you plan to plant this summer.  I will choose a winner at random on March 31st. 


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  1. Christina says

    This spring I am growing bachelor's buttons, castor beans, sunflowers and black eyed susan vine. Please enter me in your contest. I love your blog!

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