Organic Soil – Putting it to Good Use

How to plant an organic tomato garden can be simplified down into a few simple steps: Purchase or build a large compost bin where you will place your seeds. Place the seedlings inside and add some organic fertilizer. Keep the lid on to ensure moisture doesn’t stagnate. Water your plants daily – about once or twice a week. You will find that it is easier to feed your tomato plants in the spring, so plan ahead by planting in the fall and winter too.

Most organic gardening guides will tell you that you must alternate in-ground and raised beds to increase productivity and that Miracle Gro organic soil fertilizers work well with both types of planting beds. What if you can’t afford Miracle Gro? Do it the “slow” way: Place a thin layer of organic mulch on the bottom of your bed and lightly pack soil around all plant roots with organic gardening bags or garden gloves. This slow method allows the roots to develop at their own pace.

You can still follow the same organic gardening tips for building your beds, but be sure to vary your application of Miracle Gro water soluble lawn fertilizer. Instead of putting the full load on the soil in the spring, spread it out evenly throughout the season. Make sure to water your plants well in the early summer – no more, no less. Put the biggest load on the plants in the late summer, when they’re just starting to produce fruit. Use a light hand, though, because this process will take a while – and you might have to do it several times before your plants start producing big fruits.

While you’re waiting, why not supplement your diet with a couple of different kinds of organic soil amendments? Start by adding some topsoil (potting mix) to the beds. Then fertilize the whole thing with organic soil additives – like Fortified Clay and/or Silica. These ingredients improve the growth of your plants and supply your plants with all the necessary elements they need to get started.

What about the vegetables? What if you’re growing them in a small space? In that case, space them properly to ensure even distribution of nutrients. Keep in mind that you should only put fresh vegetables into your compost – don’t keep veggies stored for later. Also, be careful with fertilizers and other substances; it’s best to use them only once or twice before you replace them with new organic soil amendments.

If you have a large garden, you can add more organic matter by adding a “fertile starter soil” to your bed. A nutritious starter soil contains one percent nitrogen, two percent potassium, five percent magnesium, two percent phosphorus and half a percent iron. Miracle Gro Organic Pottery is a good brand to buy for starting this process. Just add a couple of tablespoons to your bed, water well, and then apply a light application of a fertilizer – about four tablespoons per square inch.

Don’t worry if you’re using different brands of potting soil. Just add enough organic matter to make it compatible with your plants. Start by watering well, and then increase watering time as your plants develop. When you’re done, check the pH level; your plants will need a little more alkaline than normal. Apply a simple cleaning solution to get rid of any excess minerals before putting the new organic matter into your soil.

Last but not least, it’s time to mix in your Miracle Gro Organic Soil. Start by adding about a third of a cup of this organic mix to your bed, depending on the volume of your pots or containers. Water well, and then let the soil settle. After that, fill up your pots or containers with the organic mix and water well, just like you did with the initial organic mix.