Expand n Gro Concentrated

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Hey hey! So this year, I am really trying to gain a green thumb since we finally moved into a house that gets enough sunlight to grow veggies and flowers. We’ve got our garden in {i posted pics last week} and now I’m working on potting some flowers. I was excited when a couple weeks ago, Miracle-Gro sent me a sample of their new  Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix to try out.
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I was pleasantly surprised at how light the bag was. The bag was very easy to handle because it was so light.
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What Makes Expand ‘n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix so Different?
Expand ‘n Gro is a unique blend of Miracle‐Gro plant food and coconut coir fiber that is compact, lightweight. It is a concentrated planting mix that expands up to 3 times when mixed with water. And it feeds plants for up to 6 month and retains up to 50% more moisture than basic potting soil.
What is it made of?
Expand ‘n Gro is made of Coir which is a lightweight, all‐natural material derived from coconut husk components called pith and fiber. The honeycomb shaped, sponge‐like structure of compressed coir pith re‐expands when water is added to it. When the coir is re-expanded, it offers several benefits for plant growth, including improved moisture control and bulk density. And because coir contains a great deal of lignin, a slowly decomposing organic polymer, Expand ‘n Gro continues to benefit native soil for years.
flower planter

  1.  I filled my planter about 1/3 full with Expand ‘n Gro.
  2. Then I added water and mixed it around. {it took a lot more water than i ever thought it would!}
  3. Here it is all ready to go.
  4. I then planted my flowers in my planter was normal.

Here is my planter 1 week after planting…
front porch
What I liked about Expand ‘n Gro:

  1. How lightweight the bag was. So much easier to handle!
  2. You need less bags since it expands.
  3. I liked that the bag is recloseable in case I don’t use all of it, I can just zip it shut.
  4. The coir didn’t feel as dirty as dirt.
  5. Was easy to handle.
  6. Holds water and helps my plants nourished for beginner gardeners like myself :)

What I didn’t like about Expand ‘n Gro:

  1. Stirring and mixing the coir was more work than normal dirt.

Here’s a video on Expand ‘n Gro…..

GIVEAWAY: If you’d like to try a sample of Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix to try out yourself, simply leave a comment on this post and 1 lucky reader will win a free sample! ends 4/25/12
Fine print: winner will be chosen using random.org. Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years old or older to enter.
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  1. 1
    Brittany Wiggins

    We are just getting ready to start our veggie seeds today. Then it’s on to flowers! Would love to give this a try. :)

  2. 2

    This would be perfect for me…I always forget to feed my plants.

  3. 3
    cynthia byers

    I am still trying to get my yard and pots ready for plants. This would be a great way to get started

  4. 4
    Heather

    I have never heard of this, but I love to plant flowers. Sounds like something I should try.

  5. 5

    I have been planting too…this year I am doing seeds! So my fingers are crossed.
    This product sounds great…perfect for potting flowers,.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  6. 6
    Christine

    I have a hopeless black thumb, so anything I can use to give myself a head start is great!

  7. 7

    It’s about time to start planting flowers around here so I’d love to try it out!

  8. 8
    McKenzey

    How fun! I would love to see a home tour of your house on your blog. Or even just pics of the outside.

  9. 9
    Rocio Estrada

    I would love to try this with my flowers!

  10. 10
    HeatherM

    We recently moved into a new house and I’m so excited to my flower beds and gardens ready to plant. Expand-n-gro would be perfect to try out and watch my flowers and veges bloom.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  11. 11
    Kim Benne

    Hopefully this would give me a greener thumb!

  12. 12
    megan

    Oh I would love to try this! I have a few more things to plant, so I think I will put it off in hopes of winning ;)

  13. 13

    this sounds perfect! I would love to win a sample, thanks for the chance.

  14. 15
    Brenda Baldwin

    Thanks for this post. I am planning on getting plants for a container garden and this would be perfect. I recently moved to desert of southern california and moisture is needed.

  15. 16
    Athena R

    I would love to try this. I’m growing some veggies for the first time this year.

  16. 17
    Felicia Woodward

    I have been planting so much lately and going through TONS of soil, so I would LOVE to try this!

  17. 18
    Anne Marie

    I would love to try this – maybe my black thumb would turn green!

  18. 19
    SS Sews

    oh man, I kill almost everything. Do you think this would help? Because I’d love to grow some tomatoes.

  19. 20
    Sissi

    I’d love to try it out. Thanks!

  20. 21
    Tonya

    How awesome! Would love to try that out :)

  21. 22
    LeAnn

    We just filled some pots and planted some veggies but I’d love to do a few more. Sounds like a great product to try!

  22. 23
    Kari George

    WOW! We are new homeowners and have tons of planting to do! I’d love to give this product a try!

  23. 24
    Connie Haack

    I would really like to try this. My Mother always had the most beautiful flower gardens. Mine…well not so much. Maybe this would help me.

  24. 25
    Sherri Braun

    I would really love to try this out. I plant so many flowers every Spring. I love that the plant food is included in the mix!

  25. 26

    Looks great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. 27
    lizzy

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  27. 28
    Karen

    I am a huge flower grower and yard worker. I have some hanging coir filled baskets that need to try out some of the expandable mix! Hope I win!!!! – Karen

  28. 29
    Dar Troxler

    What a marvelous idea Scott’s! My winning bag will be shared with my friend~if I am chosen that is! We love gardening and houseplants! Thank you for this opportunity.

  29. 30
    jane d

    Woild love to try this–sounds amazing!

  30. 31
    Nancy Peterson

    This is exactly what I have been wanting. I used to plant my orchids in coconut husks when I lived in Hawaii. A soil that is light weight so I can handle the bag and that feeds my plants. Awesome!! Can’t wait to try it, would love to win it!

  31. 32

    What a neat product! I would love to try it.

  32. 33
    Kendra Peterson

    We’re landscaping our front yard and this would be so helpful for flowers! (Especially since we have hard clay for dirt here!)

  33. 34
    lynn

    yes, i’d love to try it out=thanks

  34. 35
    Christine S.

    I’m thinking this might help the problems I have out front where it gets much warmer than in the back in the summer and keeping enough water in my plants…would LOVE to try!

  35. 36
    Patty Flores

    I love gardening and can’t wait to try this new product

  36. 37

    We’re always looking for better ways and products that may help us produce a higher yield from our veggie garden. Would love to give Expand ‘n Gro a shot!

  37. 38
    Sasha Job

    always love to enter a giveaway … and I’ve been wanting to green up my black thumb!!! thanks!

  38. 39
    Mary

    You had me at light weight! Even though I have a husband and 2 kids, it seems they are never around when I need help! Gonna look for this at my garden supply store. Thanks for the heads up.

  39. 40
    Sandra Caudle

    I have started some planting, but I have more to do. I rent so I have to plant in containers and this sounds GREAT

  40. 41
    Sandra Caudle

    I rent and have to plant in containers so this would be great

  41. 42
    Rini John

    would love to give this a try..love miracle gro products….

  42. 43
    Sharon Gullikson

    I have been wanting to try this sort of product. I’m a big time gardener.

  43. 44
    B. Poteraj

    This sounds like a good idea. I wonder if it soaks up enough water? Thanks for the chance to try it out!

  44. 45
    rosemariee

    i would love to try some of this miracle gro!

  45. 46
    Kathy

    This seems it would be an answer to my very black thumb. My family keeps telling me the plants secretly scream (I don’t seem to hear them) “please don’t take me home with you!”. This may be just the item to help me succeed! I would love to give it a try.

  46. 47
    Brittany

    I would love to win because I love to garden.

  47. 48
    Vanessa

    I would love to try this!!!

  48. 49
    KimD

    Your flowers looks amazing – I need some of this :)

  49. 50
    Carmen

    I would love to try Expand ‘n Gro. I’ve used Miracle Gro products in the past and have always been happy with them.

    1. 50.1

      Hi Carmen,
      That’s awesome you like Miracle Gro products, because you just won a sample of their Expand n Gro soil! congrats! Shoot me your mailing address and I’ll get this sent your way.
      thanks!
      Linda