Indoor gardening can be a great hobby or source of fresh vegetables and herbs in the dead of winter. Whatever reason you are creating an indoor garden, you still may miss some key components. You probably have your pots picked out, the plants you are going to grow, a lighting system, and the storage for them. But how do you know which soil to use? In this article, we will assist you in finding the right soil to help your indoor garden thrive.
Organic potting soil
When choosing organic, you can never go wrong. Organic potting soil contains carbon-based materials from compost, manure, bone meal, blood meal, and pretty much anything that is living or once living. The organic properties in this soil will help ensure that it retains water and necessary nutrients to help your plants thrive. It is more expensive compared to non-organic soils, but it’s worth it when it comes to quality.
All-purpose potting soil
Depending on the type of plants you plan to grow, it will depend on what all-purpose soil you use. You can mix multiple types together to create an all-purpose potting soil. This type is mainly used to grow a wide variety of plants at one time.
Typically, an efficient potting soil contains two parts of soil, one part compost, and a choice between sand, vermiculite, or perlite. You begin with the natural base of your soil, which is sand, clay, organic matter, and silt, and add in compost, which will improve how well it retains water. It can also give your plants needed nutrients. Use this type if you are planting vegetables and herbs.
Potting soil with fertilizer
You can choose both organic and inorganic potting soils with fertilizer. An organic fertilizer example is bone meal. As explained earlier, anything that is living or was once living can be considered organic.
Potting soils with synthetic fertilizers can also work just as well. For indoor gardening, a great synthetic fertilizer to use in your plants is slow-release fertilizers. The soil is enclosed in tiny plastic balls which release once the plants are watered. A downside is the plastic balls remain in the pot even after the soil is depleted. Use this type for container plants and hanging baskets.
This type of potting soil aids in seed germination and growth. You can make some yourself or buy it from the store. It contains higher levels of vermiculite than other potting soils, which help plants grow quickly. As the name suggests, this type is meant for if you want to start a plant from scratch, in its seed form.
Cactus potting mix
As you have likely, already guessed, this type of potting mix should be explicitly used to grow cactus plants. Cacti can’t retain too much water, or else they will rot. Cactus potting mix will drain quickly after the plant is watered, preventing rot. It also contains phosphorus in bone meal to promote root development.
Where to buy
So, now you know which type of soil to choose for your next gardening project. But, where can you go to buy premium organic soil that will grow the best healthy looking plants? At The Grow Store located in Traverse City, Michigan of course! Our store is stocked with the best supplies needed to maintain a garden that you can be proud of. Come in today to speak with our knowledgeable team or contact us to ask any questions you may have.
Now that you’ve read this article and learned more about different types of soils, you can hopefully begin to grow your garden. Remember to never use outdoor gardening soils for indoor gardening and vice versa. Happy gardening!