Free Product Giveaway Saturday Pictures


Our Free Product Giveaway Saturday is one way we like to give back to the community. On the second Saturday of each month we offer one of our products for free when self-loaded (weather and inventory permitting). This event has become popular and it is nice to see some familiar faces along with new faces from month to month. Even better, we are starting to see more and more of these familiar faces during the week when they return to purchase our products. Check out the Free Product Giveaway Saturday pictures below. And we hope to see you at the next FPGS event.

Support our Free Product Giveaways by coming back in to purchase some of our other amazing products. We also appreciate it when you like us and share positive comments and pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Google Business. You can also email us at sales@spvsoils.com and grow@spvsoils.com. Thank you!

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Nitro-Blend Compost Giveaway  | May 11, 2024

In honor of Compost Awareness Week (May 5 – 11)

Our Compost Awareness Week giveaway featured one of our most popular products, Nitro-Blend Compost! It is a combination of Valley’s Best and Planter’s Blend so it provides the benefits of a manure-based compost that is safe to use with salt sensitive plants. It will improve organic matter, water retention, and beneficial microbes in the soil giving your plants an amazing boost!

A steady stream of organic fans showed up throughout the day to get this premium product that is rarely featured at our FPGS event. Earthworks was back by popular demand to sell compost tea.

We would love to hear how everyone is using these products in the garden and what the results are. Let us know via email or social media!

Free Product Giveaway Saturday Event May 2024 | SPV Soils
Nitro-Blend Compost Free Product Giveaway Saturday - May 2024 | SPV Soils
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Grower’s Mulch and Valley’s Best Compost® Giveaway  | March 9, 2024

We had beautiful weather for our FPGS event that brought out around 200 participants to pick up Grower’s Mulch and/or Valley’s Best Compost® in March. Many participants came back multiple times taking advantage of the special loading terms available just for this event.

One first-time participant took the time to send a lovely thank you note to tell us how impressed she was by our operation and friendly staff. She also shared some photos (see below) and that she planned to come back to purchase our products to get her garden growing. Other participants posted social media stories to say thank you! We appreciate the feedback and are very happy to hear that our events are creating happy customers and helping the community improve the soil to grow great plants!

New SPV Soils Customer pictures with Grower’s Mulch from the Giveaway

Happy First-time FPGS participant | SPV Soils

First-time FPGS participant and new customer

First-time FPGS participant's pathway | SPV Soils

Lovely mulched path

First-time FPGS participant's garden freshly mulched | SPV Soils

Freshly laid mulch for new garden

We gave away tons of mulch and compost at the Giveaway

FPGS cars entering event | SPV Soils

Cars entering the event

FPGS Valley’s Best Compost® | SPV Soils

Participants filling up containers

FPGS Grower's Mulch | SPV Soils

Steamy Grower’s Mulch

FPGS participants with Grower's Mulch & Valley's Best Compost® | SPV Soils

Attendees with Grower’s Mulch & Valley’s Best Compost®

FPGS participants and Grower's Mulch | SPV Soils

Filling up with Grower’s Mulch

FPGS participant loading up | SPV Soils

Getting a truckload!

FPGS vehicles lined up | SPV Soils

Trucks queued up to get product.

FPGS participants | SPV Soils

Lots of cars and participants!

FPGS vehicles lined up | SPV Soils

Super popular giveaway!

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Earthworks FPGS Thank You | SPV Soils

Earthworks was back to sell their freshly brewed Compost Tea to a growing group of gardeners that are loving the benefits of this easy-to-use product.

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Monkey Hair Mulch® Giveaway  | January 13, 2024

It was very cold at our January giveaway, but that did not deter participants from stopping by to pick up free Monkey Hair Mulch®! It was below 30 degrees in the morning and you could see the steam rising above the compost and mulch piles as you entered the yard. It was a beautiful sight!

The best way to help plants tolerate cold weather is to mulch them before the temperature drops. I am sure that many San Diego area residents will be doing just that after the soil warms up. Monkey Hair Mulch® is very light and durable making it easy to apply and great for controlling erosion and minimizing weeds. This SB 1383 compliant mulch has a lovely, brown color that looks equally nice in flower beds, around shrubs, in vineyards, and orchards.

Thank you to Richard Futter of Earthworks International for supplying his Vermicast Compost Tea for sale. His Compost Tea has gained quite a few fans!

Monkey Hair Mulch® at FPGS Jan 2024 | SPV Soils
Loading Free Monkey Hair Mulch® at FPGS Jan 2024 | SPV Soils
Earthworks Compost Tea Sale at FPGS Jan 2024 | SPV Soils

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California Native Mulch® Giveaway  | November 11, 2023

Imagine getting two yards of our popular California Native Mulch® for just ten dollars! Now that is an amazing deal! It is a possibility if you stop by our Free Product Giveaway event on the second Saturday of the month. Attendees can drive away with two yards of our Featured Product if they bring a small trailer or pickup truck and pay a ten dollar loading fee (cash only during event). November’s Featured Product, California Native Mulch®, is great for controlling erosion and for use in large areas. Many attendees loaded up with this SB 1383 compliant mulch in preparation for the upcoming winter rainstorms. As always, Dr. K enjoyed talking with everyone and answering garden, soil, and landscape questions.

FPGS participant picks up a truckload of California Native Mulch® | SPV Soils
A truckload of California Native Mulch® | SPV Soils

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Valley’s Best Compost® Giveaway and Vermicast Compost Tea Sale  | October 14, 2023

Valley’s Best Compost® is one of our most popular products and many San Diego area gardeners showed up at this giveaway to pick up some of this rich, manure-based soil amendment. We had over 120 attendees with 37 of them paying to get a truckload. This OMRI listed compost is a favorite among the organic farming community! Richard Futter returned with his Vermicast Compost Tea and knowledgeable gardeners took advantage of his great sale price. Dr. K was on hand to talk to attendees and answer their compost, mulch, and soil related questions. Another successful giveaway!

Many of you published a “Thank You for the Valley’s Best Compost®” post to social media. And we appreciate that! Feel free to share more pictures and feedback. We love seeing how your garden grows with our products!

Cars at FPGS event | SPV Soils
More cars at FPGS event | SPV Soils
Attendees at FPGS event | SPV Soils
Participants at FPGS event | SPV Soils
More cars at FPGS event | SPV Soils
Valley's Best Compost® FPGS event | SPV Soils

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Grower’s Mulch Giveaway and Vermicast Compost Tea Sale  | September 9, 2023

Earthworks Int'l Vermicast Compost Tea Sale | SPVSoils

Fresh brewed for optimum use within 15 hours

Sold in one gallon increments
$10 per gallon if you bring a container
$11 per gallon if we supply container
(cash only during event)

One of the highlights of the September FPGS event was the introduction of Earthworks International’s Vermicast Compost Tea for sale. The tea drew in some new participants with an awareness of the wonderful benefits of compost tea. Compost tea can be sprayed on the leaves (foliar application) for fast absorption of nutrients or directly to the roots via a soil drench also providing a boost to soil microbes. This sale was popular with savvy gardeners and we plan to have Earthworks back at our October FPGS event. Our Grower’s Mulch attracted a good turnout despite the hot weather and we appreciate everyone that attended.

Here are some details and benefits:
1. Can be diluted 5 to 1 ratio.
2. Compost tea can be used as a root drench and/or as a foliar spray. Both have benefits for healthy plants.
3. Compost tea can be an excellent source for beneficial microbes for soil and plants.
4. Compost tea is Non Toxic for humans and animals.
5. Compost tea may help plants and trees to build up an Immunity against pests and disease.

Taking advantage of this great opportunity.

Rich Futter and Vermicast Compost Tea customer

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This “Using Castings and Casting Tea” pdf provides more information about its use and benefits.
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Monkey Hair Mulch®  | August 12, 2023

Novel Loading Technique for Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVSoils

Novel Loading Technique

FPGS Attendee loading Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVSoils

Loading Monkey Hair Mulch®

FPGS Mulch Loading Champs! | SPVSoils

Mulch Loading Champs!

Saturday’s event drew in a steady stream of gardeners looking to get their landscapes ready for fall with our Monkey Hair Mulch®. This lightweight, fibrous mulch provides long-lasting coverage and it is great for use on hillsides during rainstorms. Attendees used many different sizes and styles of containers to self-load. About 55% of the attendees self-loaded and 45% paid to have us load their truck.

Our Resources page and Dr. K’s Korner have tips and information on using mulch that you may find helpful.

Wearing Protective Gear for Loading Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVSoils

Wearing protective gear while loading Monkey Hair Mulch®

Happy FPGS Participants with Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVSoils

Happy FPGS Participants with Monkey Hair Mulch®

FPGS Attendee loading hatchback with Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVSoils

Loading hatchback

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Our new product, Mini Hardwood Mulch, is introduced at our July FPGS event | July 8, 2023

The latest addition to our mulch product line made its first appearance at the July giveaway. About 80 customers showed up to try out our new Mini Hardwood Mulch. Its superior moisture holding capacity along with its uniform, tidy appearance make it a really good choice for San Diego area gardens. About 60% of the attendees self-loaded and 40% paid to have us load their truck. Dr. K also provided a tour of our Compost Operation during the event.

If you picked up our Mini Hardwood Mulch at the giveaway, we would like to hear what you think of this new product. Please let us know at grow@spvsoils.com. For tips and information on using mulch, check out our Resources page.

Free Product Giveaway 7-8-23 | SPVSoils

New Product, Mini Hardwood Mulch, makes its debut

Free Product Giveaway Saturday 7-8-23 | SPVSoils

FPGS event attendees loading Mini Hardwood Mulch

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Raised Garden Bed Mix Workshop with Dr. K during FPGS event | May 13, 2023

Dr. K gave a special workshop during the May giveaway on using our Raised Garden Bed Mix (RGBM) with and without supplemental nitrogen. The workshop drew in participants from two local garden clubs in San Marcos and Valley Center, Brenda and Laura.

During the workshop, Dr. K discussed the best way to optimize RGBM and presented two garden beds which clearly showed the benefits of using supplemental nitrogen (see pictures below). Brenda and Laura plan to present this information to their respective garden club members and follow up with Dr. K in the near future. For more information on using our RGBM, check out Dr. K’s “Creating a Super Garden with RGBM” and “Make a Seed Starter Mix” blog posts in Dr. K’s Korner.

About ninety people showed up to take home the California Native Mulch® that was featured for the giveaway and Dr. K enjoyed meeting the guests and answering their questions. He was happy to note that he is starting to see guests at the FPGS events that have become regular customers which he also sees during the week.

FPGS Garden Workshop Participants | SPVSoils

Demonstration garden beds and workshop participants

FPGS Garden Workshop attendees, Brenda and Laura | SPVSoils

Brenda and Laura from local garden clubs

FPGS Garden Workshop attendees hold up Kale grown with and without Nitrogen added to RGBM soil with Supplemental Nitrogen | SPVSoils

Kale grown in RGBM with supplemental nitrogen on left and without it on right

Raised Garden Bed Mix with Supplemental Nitrogen | SPVSoils

Vegetables grown using RGBM with supplemental nitrogen

Raised Garden Bed Mix without Supplemental Nitrogen | SPVSoils

Vegetables grown using RGBM without supplemental nitrogen

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Planter’s Blend Compost and Grower’s Mulch Giveaway | April 8, 2023

We hosted over 180 participants at our April giveaway! The response was so amazing to this special two product giveaway event that we actually ran out of Planter’s Blend Compost before it was over. After a very wet and extended rainy season, we were happy to see a sunny day and all of you! Dr. K gave a tour of our facility, discussed our products, and answered questions from our guests.

SPVSoils FPGS April 2023 Participants | SPVSoils
SPVSoils FPGS April 2023 Planter's Blend Compost | SPVSoils
FPGS April 2023 Participant' Cars | SPVSoils

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Monkey Hair Mulch® Giveaway | November 12, 2022

Wow! We had another well attended giveaway! We appreciate everyone taking the time to come out and pick up some Monkey Hair Mulch®. This durable mulch has staying power for garden beds, orchards, paths, and hillsides during the rain. We would love to get your feedback after you have it installed for a little bit.

FPGS Customers loading Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVS
FPGS family chats with Dr. K | SPVS
FPGS Monkey Hair Mulch and Sign | SPVS
Look at that beautiful Mulch! | SPVS
Pull up and load up! | SPVS
And that's a wrap! | SPVS
FPGS Vehicles for Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVS
Monkey Hair Mulch Load! | SPVS
Loading up! | SPVS
FPGS Patron loading Monkey Hair Mulch | SPVS
Creative customer loads car! | SPVS

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Planter’s Blend Compost Giveaway | October 8, 2022

Thank you to all of the new and returning patrons that came to the event this past weekend. There was a record number of people that took advantage of the opportunity to get free Planter’s Blend Compost! And we appreciate that.

FPGS Cars | SPVS
FPGS Patrons Loading | SPVS
FPGS Patron Tarping Truck | SPVS
FPGS Truckload | SPVS
FPGS Patron's Loaded Trucks | SPVS

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California Native Mulch® Giveaway | August 13, 2022

The California Native Mulch® Giveaway was our best attended event so far! We saw many new faces and thirty six patrons paid the $10 cash loading fee to have their trucks filled with free mulch. We hope to see you next time. Send us some pictures and don’t forget to tell your friends!

FPGS California Native 3 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
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Grower’s Mulch Giveaway Pictures | June 11, 2022

The Grower’s Mulch Giveaway was well attended, even in the afternoon heat! It is always fun to see the creative methods our customers use to gather and transport their free product. Below are a series of photos of a regular SPV Soils customer and the methodology he used to fill large plastic barrels with Grower’s Mulch.  He was able to fit six full barrels into his small SUV. He shared with us that he likes to use “gravity” to scoop the mulch into the barrels and then he stands on the material to push it down for maximum volume and minimal effort. We are impressed!

FPGS June 2022 customer | SPVS
Happy SPV Soils Customer filling his barrels with Grower’s Mulch at our Free Product Giveaway Saturday event!
Loading Grower’s Mulch with ease by laying container down to fill it.
Setting the barrel upright to top it off.
Almost done!
Standing on the mulch to pack it in and make room for more!
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Monkey Hair Mulch® Giveaway | May 14, 2022

The Giveaway event this past Saturday was a great success thanks to all of you! We saw 44% more people than at our last Monkey Hair Mulch® Giveaway. Most of the participants self-loaded while getting some exercise, but we did have a few customers that paid to get a bucket-load full.

Monkey Hair Give-way 5.2022 | SPV Soils
Self-Loading Monkey Hair Mulch 5.2022 | SPV Soils
Loading Monkey Hair Mulch 5.2022 | SPV Soils
Paid PIck-up Truck Loading Monkey Hair Mulch-2 5.2022 | SPV Soils
Paid PIck-up Truck Loading Monkey Hair Mulch 5.2022 | SPV Soils
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Valley’s Best Compost® Giveaway | April 9, 2022

Thank you to everyone that came out for some free Valley’s Best Compost® this past weekend. Leticia and Brenda stayed busy checking in a record number of attendees during the event which included many first-time participants. They were also thrilled to see so many return customers showing up to pick up one of our most popular products! Dr. K enjoyed meeting all of you, sharing his wisdom, and answering guest’s questions during the event.

FPGS April 2022 - 1 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
Streamlined guest check-in
FPGS April 2022 - 3 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
Guest’s vehicles in front of Valley’s Best Compost® piles
FPGS April 2022 - 2 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
Brenda and Leticia checking guests in
FPGS April 2022 - 5 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
Dr. K talking with FPGS guests
FPGS April 2022 - 4 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
Dr. K talking about Valley’s Best Compost®
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Two Product Giveaway | March 12, 2022

Frank was feeling generous and wanted to make two mulches available for the Free Product Giveaway Saturday event this past weekend. The word must be getting out because we saw more new and return customers taking advantage of the free Hardwood Mulch and Grower’s Mulch giveaway this month! Many of you decided to take home both products to try out in different areas of your gardens.

FPGS March 2022 - 1 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
FPGS March 2022 - 2 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
FPGS March 2022 - 3 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
FPGS March 2022 - 4 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
FPGS March 2022 - 5 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
FPGS March 2022 - 6 | San Pasqual Valley Soils
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Grower’s Mulch Giveaway | February 12, 2022

We had another record response to our Free Product Giveaway Saturday event this past weekend with about 100 customers stopping by to take home some Grower’s Mulch! It was wonderful to see both new and familiar faces and to hear about your gardening projects.

Grower's Mulch Giveaway 1 | SPVS
No Truck, No Problem!
The Bucket Brigade!
Grower's Mulch Giveaway 2 | SPVS
Doing Double Duty!
Grower's Mulch Giveaway 4 | SPVS
COVID Safe
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Valley’s Best Compost® Giveaway | January 8, 2022

We had a record response to our Free Product Giveaway Saturday event this past weekend! Eighty seven customers showed up to pick up our Valley’s Best Compost®! We also received some great reviews on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you!

Jan 2022 FPGS 1 | SPVS
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Hardwood Mulch Giveaway | November 13, 2021

We had another busy Free Product Giveaway Saturday event this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who came to pick up our Hardwood Mulch for their orchards and landscapes.

FPGS photo 1 November 2021
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FPGS photo 3 November 2021
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Planter’s Blend Compost Giveaway | September 11, 2021

Thank you to all the gardeners and landscapers that stopped by to pick up our Planter’s Blend Compost this past weekend! It was great to see over fifty customers braving the 100o temperatures to get compost! About half self-loaded and the other half paid for us to load their trucks. We would love to see some pictures of your gardens and landscapes using our products. Email them when you get a chance.

FPGS 2 9.2021 | SPVS
FPGS 1 9.2021 | SPVS
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Monkey Hair Mulch® Giveaway | August 14, 2021

Thank you to the 45 participants that came to our Free Product Giveaway Saturday to pick up some free Monkey Hair Mulch®!

FPGS photo 1 August 2021
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Grower’s Mulch Giveaway | July 10, 2021

We had another successful Free Product Giveaway Saturday with about 50 participants! Thank you to everyone who came out and picked up some free Grower’s Mulch! As you can see from the pictures, many of you got creative using all sorts and sizes of bins to load up. We had requests to load at least 20 trucks with our equipment with some coming back for seconds.

Free Product Giveaway Photo 1 | July 1, 2021
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Free Product Giveaway Photo 5 | July 1, 2021

We hope to see you at our next Free Product Giveaway Saturday!