Here's where to shop for soil online ahead of gardening season in Canada

Kate Mendonca
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If you’re an avid gardener, chances are you’ve already planned out this season’s flower bed and vegetable garden layouts. There’s still a few weeks before the frost dies down across most of the country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t begin preparing for the growing season ahead.

Along with essentials like gardening tools and seeds, you’ll also likely need soil to get your garden in top shape, particularly if you’re planting from seed indoors before transferring seedlings into the ground. 

With the government’s recommendations that we all spend as much time at home as possible though, that cuts down on the ability to pop over to the local nursery to stock up on gardening supplies. Luckily, there are still places where you can order soil and compost online, meaning you can still find everything you need to get your garden ready without ever leaving the house.  

Lowe’s 

Nature's Care. Image via Lowe's.

Top Pick: Scotts Nature's Care 28.3L Potting Mix

This premium organic mixture absorbs like a sponge to prevent over- and under-watering, while a unique mix of microbe-fueling ingredients helps promote stronger roots when indoor planting. 

SHOP IT: Lowe’s, $10

Canadian Tire 

Pro-Mix Organic Vegetable & Herb Mix. Image via Canadian Tire.

Top Pick: Pro-Mix Organic Vegetable & Herb Mix, 85-L

Backed up by the TESTED stamp of approval, real Canadians across the country have raved about this organic soil mix for healthy fruits and veggies.

SHOP IT: Canadian Tire, $18

Home Depot 

Specialties Robert Legault 25L Garden Soil. Image via Home Depot.

Top Pick: Specialties Robert Legault 25L Garden Soil

This bag of garden solid comes in at a steal at just $2 per bag, making it a great choice if you’re looking to cover a large area. 

SHOP IT: Home Depot, $2

Rona 

All-Purpose Garden Planting Mix. Image via Rona.

Top Pick: All-Purpose Garden Planting Mix

This value-sized all-purpose soil mix features slow-release fertilizer for up to nine months of consistent feeding, and works well for both indoor and outdoor use.

SHOP IT: Rona, $19

Sheridan Nurseries 

Fafard All Purpose Garden Soil. Image via Sheridan Nurseries.

Top Pick: Fafard All Purpose Garden Soil

Enriched with fertilizer to promote healthy growth, this all-purpose garden soil is suitable for herbs, veggies, flowers, and more. 

SHOP IT: Sheridan Nurseries, $5

Etsy

RT1Home Potting Soil. Image via Etsy.

Top Pick: RT1Home Potting Soil

If you’re looking to plant just a couple of things and don’t have space to store extra soil, this mini bag offers enough soil to fill one 4” planter or one egg carton tray of starter seeds. 

SHOP IT: Etsy, $6

Vilagro

Fafard Enriched Black Earth. Image via Vilagro.

Top Pick: Fafard Enriched Black Earth

Specially designed to enhance the look of flower beds, this dark soil is enriched with compost and helps improve poor, sandy soils with the addition of organic matter.

SHOP IT: Vilagro, $8

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