While you might just think of it as dirty-- it looks like your favorite birthday dinner to plants! It's the delicious, nutritious, key ingredient that makes your plants thrive.
Due to how heavy and bulky it is, this is one of the few things that is most economical to get locally.
While you're getting your soil ready, we recommend you consider the following:
Soil from your own garden- Chances are plants have been growing in the soil around your home long before you ever arrived. Using the soil that you already have is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while helping your plantlings grow in what their local environment made for them. Homegrown soil is great! If you use this, adding some PLANT FOOD is key to making sure it has all the nutrients your plants need.
Bagged Soil- If you're planting in pots, using potting soil is very key to making sure the soil is healthy and won't give you any trouble in the pots. If you're planting in raised beds or in the ground, adding in some bagged soil can help enrich the soil that's in your garden. Feel free to add as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. We think that the greater variety you have mixed into your soil, the more balanced it will be. By adding in some bags of different potting or garden soil, you'll help enrich the ground you already have. We've listed some options below that we've found to work well.