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Hi Mr. & Mrs. Giannangelo,

We have recently bought ORGANIC seeds, because I want to go the organic route, as much as we can.  

My husband is going to buy 50/50 and I would like to know if that could have any pesticides in it?  I actually wrote the company, that is going to sell us the soil and asked if their 50/50 was pesticide free.  (They are closed for the weekend, so I won't hear back until next week, hopefully).

After I sent my question, I worried that maybe it would offend them.  I don't want them to think I think their soil is nasty or contaminated. Can this type of soil have pesticides, as a rule?

And is there any type of soil you'd recommend, since we are planting organic seeds?  The 50/50 that we are going to buy (according to the website) has 50% Topsoil, 25% Cow Manure, and  25% Aged Pine Fines.

Thank you for taking the time to read this any advice is very appreciated!  

Beth

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Not familiar with 50/50.  Buy soil that is "organic".  Available at Home Depot and nurseries.  Then there will be no doubts.  Check the soil and make sure it is loamy.  Some are not.  We add organic Compost, which you can also buy.  For more information on building soil, visit our website http://www.avant-gardening.com

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Frank and Vicky Giannangelo

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We will research and answer all questions about organic gardening, soil building, square foot gardening, composting, mulching, planting techniques, sustainable gardening, sustainability, garden design, and how to create a simple reflection pool to attract birds and wildlife. Over the years we have learned that plants respond to the garden's aesthetics, soil conditions, and the attitude of the gardener. The healthier the soil and soul, the healthier the plants become, and are therefore more able to resist insect attacks.

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40 years experience in private and professional organic gardening, creating formal gardens, giving organic gardening workshops, and sharing our insights, both in the Southwest and the Northwest.

Publications
"Growing with the Seasons" a book by Frank and Vicky Giannangelo about their adventures in organic gardening, community, sustainability, and personal growth. Avant-Gardening Tid-Bytes, an online newsletter we published monthly from 2001-2008. The articles are archived on our website.

Education/Credentials
We both have BA degrees. Vicky from the University of Washington, and Frank from the University of Arizona. We have learned by experience, the best teacher...!

Awards and Honors
NM Book Awards. Second place for "Growing with the Seasons" a book by Frank and Vicky Giannangelo about their adventures in organic gardening, community, sustainability, and personal growth.

Past/Present Clients
We are now back in WA state, creating organic display gardens on San Juan Island, WA and will be open to the public for produce, cut flowers, and culinary herbs. Seasonal.

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