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TAGRO Potting Soil now available by the bag at 7 retail locations

You don’t need to postpone weekend or late-night planting urges any longer. Gardeners looking for the convenience of bagged TAGRO Potting Soil now have seven retail locations to choose from:

  • GardenSphere, 3310 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
  • Gray Lumber, 3800 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
  • H&L Produce, 7320 Lakewood Drive W., Lakewood (new location)
  • Northshore Ace Hardware, 35419 21st Ave. SW, Federal Way (new location)
  • Portland Avenue Nursery, 1409 E. 59th St., Tacoma
  • Tacoma Boys, 5602 Sixth Ave., Tacoma (new location, open 24 hours)
  • Walker Ace Hardware, 1616 S.W. Dash Point Road, Federal Way (new location)

TAGRO Potting Soil is great for flower and vegetable gardens, especially raised beds. It can be used for indoor or outdoor container gardens, in the greenhouse, in raised beds or in pots larger than 8 inches diameter. TAGRO Potting Soil is made of 20 percent Class A biosolids, 20 percent high-quality sawdust and 60 percent aged bark.

Consumers in the greater Tacoma area have been using environmentally friendly TAGRO products in landscaping and vegetable gardens since 1991. TAGRO soil products are available year-round for pickup or delivery. TAGRO is located at 2201 Portland Ave., Gate 6. Spring hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about TAGRO premium soil amendments, call (253) 502-2150 or visit www.tagro.com.


Kate Kurtz

Oh Yay! I love the <span class=“caps”>TAGRO</span> potting mix. I’ve been using it for years — making special trips to the treatment plant to pick it up. Glad to know that we can now get it at some of the hardware store too!

May 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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When I wake up in the middle of the night with an urge to plant something, I am comforted to know that <span class=“caps”>TAGRO</span> Is available at Tacoma Boy’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for most of the year.

Just topped my roses with some of the potting soil last week, and once a retaining wall is completed in the back, I’ll be using it for the starts we plant.

Wonderful product for growing things, and I’m happy it’s sourced locally.

May 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Caroline Snyder

<span class=“caps”>TAGRO</span> is made from sewage sludge.  This compost can legally contain 41 mg/kg of arsenic, 39, of cadmium, 17, of mercury, 300, of lead,

1,5000, of copper, 420, of nickel, and 2,800, of zinc, molybdenum, as well as antibiotic resistant pathogens, as well as thousands of unregulated toxic organics, some of which are toxic, and damage organisms in very small amounts.  Tacoma residents would be better off to make their own backyard compost or purchase composts free of industrial chemicals.  Certainly sludge composts should never be used for vegetable gardens.

For accurate information about the risks linked to using sludge and sludge products as fertilizer,

visit http://www.sludgefacts.org

May 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The data and the research done by the <span class=“caps”>TAGRO</span> folk is pretty darn solid.

This is a class A product. I have yet to see an educated gardener disagree with the safety and quality of this product.


May 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Caroline Snyder

Research by the folk that make and market <span class=“caps”>TAGRO</span> may not be entirely unbiased.  Gardeners would be wise to look at other research done by non- conflicted scientists who have studied sludge and composts for decades. Class A sludge contains toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by plants,  as well as robust pathogens that can thrive when the material gets wet. Here is some additional information you might want to look at:



Dozens of of farm, health, and environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, oppose using sludge or sludge products, such as <span class=“caps”>TAGRO</span>:



May 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The heat involved in the production of TAGRO easily kills any bacteria Caroline and others are worried about. You may have heard of Louis Pasteur’s work? Pretty well established. I was concerned about the possibility of residual medications, but as Neal mentions, the research on this is solid. If you think that Washington State University soil scientists have somehow been corrupted by some sort of profiteering sludge conspiracy, well, there is no remedy for that level of paranoia. If one chooses to avoid TAGRO for fear of the unknown, that is fine- but if one wants to do actual testing and research and find out what’s in it, well, that’s been done- and soil scientists I know personally, that is, people who spend their lives studying soil, who know organic chemistry and such, even grow food crops in the stuff. I personally limit it to my ornamentals despite that, but just to dispel the idea that the research is corrupt,. This mistrust of science and institutions is what drives idiocy like the anti-vaccine folks (see: measles outbreaks in WA) and contributes to the rise of dangerous idiots like Steve Bannon in our political system. For those who want everything “natural”, I will remind you that arsenic, botulism, polio, disease, and death are all natural. Life without science is not just life without the chemical environment we live in, which is indeed concerning- it is also life without effective preventative medicine. Science can tell us what is actually hazardous, so that we don’t live and act solely on emotions like fear. We know exactly what is in TAGRO- and if we don’t, well, do more testing. Don’t propagate fear based on idle speculation. Tacoma is rightfully proud of this process and product, which we pioneered; and gardeners in the know swear by it despite its funky aroma- and we’re already famous for that. :)

Mcivor, Krisfin. “SATISFIED CONSUMERS-HOW I CAME TO LOVE TAGRO-An advocate of urban farms researched the pros and cons of using a biosolids product for community gardens.” BioCycle-Journal of Composting and Recycling 48.6 (2007): 38-39.


Hummel, Rita L., et al. “Marigold and pepper growth in container substrates made from biosolids composted with carbon-rich organic wastes.” HortTechnology 24.3 (2014): 325-333.

To your bacteria question- the process

You can keep digging, or just contact WSU and they can likely point you to the relevant research. Also of note, lead is not taken up by plants- something I learned in researching my soil. Your tomatoes should be rinsed in case any contaminated dust settled on them- but those metals you mention will not be present inside the fruit. Ask WSU extension, funded with our taxes for the public good. And if we are to fear heavy metals in Tacoma, it is the old smelter soil we need to worry about- not TAGRO.

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