Choosing the right medium for your garden beds can be difficult and there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. Landscaping supplies companies promote a variety of different soil blends including an organic soil blend but what is actually in them and are they the best thing for your garden? Using blended compost as a growing medium in your garden can give your plants an optimal start and provide them with sustainable nutrients for their entire life span. Compost, as opposed to an organic soil blend, can assist in retaining water in your garden as well as reintroducing beneficial microorganisms. Compost can be used as a mulch, to top dress lawns, to build new garden beds, as well as rehabilitating old garden beds.