Should I use organic soil in my vegetable garden? Is it worth the Investment?

Should I use organic soil in my vegetable garden? Is it worth the Investment?

To put it simply, poor soil yields poor crops. And opposite that, good rich soil will allow you to grow prize-winning plants and vegetables. Even though shopping for soil might sound like the most boring part of your gardening adventures, it is undoubtedly one of the most critical elements of a healthy
garden. What you may not know is that those big bulky bags you buy at the local garden center may contain little to no “dirt”. Instead, they typically contain some combination of natural or synthetic ingredients. When planning your garden and shopping It is important thing to remember is that not all soils are
created equally. Even though some of the non organic soils seem harmless, are they really the right choice?
1. Its counterproductive to plant a garden to have fresh healthy foods and herbs on your plate and not use organic seeds and soils. Placing organic seeds in the ground contaminated with anything synthetic in the soil is taking steps backwards.
2. When you use a superior organic soil, you don’t have to think twice about pesticides and chemicals which are commonly used in nonorganic soil mixes.
3. Using a high-quality organic soil will aid in natural pest control and growth of strong healthy plants that yield impressive crops.

Some commonly found ingredients in organic soils:

Composted Tree Bark- used to help with nutrient absorption and drainage and give the plants structure.
Sphagnum Peat Moss- the decomposed remains are very absorbent and allow plants to breathe. Peat moss is in high demand and not a sustainable leaving it not a good option for many.
Coconut Coir- a great substitute for peat moss and highly sustainable option produced from coconuts.
Vermiculite or Perlite- this is a natural occurring mineral that expands when heated. It is good for breathability and drainage.
Bat Guano- rich in nitrogen and works well as organic fertilizer.
Humus- a combo of pant and animal decay made of over half carbon helps makes healthy fertile soil.
Mulch- a mix of organic waste from trees and leaves and papers.
Alfalfa Meal- dried and shredded alfalfa restores soil potential.
Kelp Meal- dried Ocean seaweed rich in potassium helps resist disease in plants.
Beneficial Bacteria- helps plant roots absorb nutrients.
Earthworm Casings- plants use this to retain water and breathe better. Generally speaking, these are some of the typical ingredients in typical soils.

To sum things up, if you are taking the time and energy to grow your own garden, why not choose healthy, non-synthetic, chemical free soil to grow a strong impressive crop that you can feel proud to set on the table.

- Jodi Mattson | GEO Director of National Sales

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