Growing high-yielding, healthy plants is more complex than simply putting a plant in the ground in your backyard. In the world of horticulture today, even something as simple as garden soil has evolved to generate higher yields and healthier plants.
What is garden soil?
These days, garden soil is sold pre-mixed in bags, and is intended to be added to existing soil, or used in flower beds or in the ground. Garden soil is best used outdoors, and is far superior to what you will find in your backyard.
Is garden soil the same as top soil?
Garden soil and top soil are very different, and should never be put in the same category. Whereas garden soil is sold in stores and provides some level of nutrition to plants, top soil is what you will find when you start digging in your back yard.
Garden soil provides excellent aeration and drainage, and top soil does not. It is not recommended to try and grow plants in top soil.
What is the difference between garden soil and potting soil?
Potting soil is used for plants grown in pots or containers, as the name suggests. The difference between potting and garden soil is the number of ingredients, and the chemical makeup of each. Since potted plants are not exposed to natural soil, they lack many nutrients that those grown in garden soil have access to. The potting mix accommodates for this, and makes up for what the plant would otherwise be missing out on.
What should I put in my garden soil?
If you are looking for ways to improve your garden soil, there are a number of things you can add to it. First, start by adding compost tea before you start growing, to introduce microbial life into the ground and start creating a healthy and active soil.
When you start mixing your garden or potting soil into the ground or pots, you can add garden soil amendments. These will also help prepare your soil for cultivating strong, healthy plants.
Another important addition to any soil is perlite. Perlite is known as the little white debris you see in many potting soils, and it greatly improves drainage and aeration.
How can I prepare my garden soil?
As mentioned above, using compost tea and other garden soil amendments will prepare your soil for a successful growing season. If you want to learn more about amending your garden soil, check out our our full guide here!
Can you reuse potting soil?
Reusing potting soil can actually be really beneficial. After growing plants in it, the soil will contain tons of microbial life and nutrients. Once you pull your plants for harvest, let the soil sit until you are ready to plant again. Then, when you are ready to plant, amend the soil and you are ready to go.
At Hydrobuilder, we carry many different types of garden and potting soil, including OMRI certified organic soil. If you want to learn more about growing in soil, check out some of the related articles in our learning center.
If you have any questions, give our experienced growers a call today at 888-815-9763.