I have been gardening for a long time, but I’d never heard of a Varden. I had been getting great results from the seeds I've been using, but the soil was always lacking in some way. I wanted to try something new, so I got a Varden with filled socks. It's a great success! The seeds I've been using are easier to plant and grow than I expected. I don't have to worry about transplanting them into the soil. The soil blend is awesome!