Gardening from the Ground Up: Why Soil Is the Secret to Success
All great gardeners share one secret to success: soil. They know the most important step to a beautiful garden is filling beds and containers with the best soil.
They understand that high-quality and nutritious soil doesn’t just happen, but like a great recipe, is created by understanding soil type, structure and drainage. They know rich soil is crafted by mixing beneficial amendments and fertilizers.
“The healthiest soil is not often found at the end of a gardener’s shovel,” says Chantal Duchesneau, marketing and communications director for Premier Tech Horticulture, makers of PRO-MIX® growing mixes.
“Everyday ‘dirt’ found in a garden bed is often lacking nutrition, too dense for proper root growth, or doesn’t hold water properly,” she says. “And it should NEVER be used to fill containers.”
The key to a healthy garden is understanding the make-up of the soil from the ground up. Start with a simple soil test to determine the pH level and if you’re missing vital nutrients. Most garden centers and hardware stores sell basic soil test kits or, for a small fee, the county extension services will test the soil.
A simple fix to crafting great soil is to use pre-mixed growing mixes, like PRO-MIX®, that are proven solutions to soil problems most gardener encounter. Professional soilless mixes offer a variety of solutions from organic growing mixes and potting mixes to specialized planting mixes.
“Whether it’s an orchid collection, a plot of tomatoes and basil, or a garden bed full of colorful annual flowers, we’ve developed a PRO-MIX® growing mix to improve plants growing environment and help them thrive,” Duchesneau explains.
As an added benefit, most PRO-MIX® soils contain an all-natural ingredient called MycoActive™. This high quality plant stimulant helps a plant’s root system to take up more nutrients and water to improve health and growth, producing bigger flowers and more fruits and vegetables.
As spring emerges and people start their flower and vegetable gardens, two of the PRO-MIX® products that will be sought after by gardeners include:
PRO-MIX® Ultimate Organic Vegetable & Herb Mix: A ready-to-use organic mix suitable for all vegetable and herb gardening needs. Its organic fertilizer provides a gradual feeding to plants, and MycoActive™ helps improve plant growth.
PRO-MIX® Ultimate Garden Mix: Complete and ready-to-use, this Garden Mix is suitable for planting outdoor plants and vegetables as well as for conditioning flower beds. Enriched with plant food that feeds plants for up to 9 months, and MycoActive™ is MYCORRHIZAE, a natural plant stimulant which assists plants for nutrient and water uptake for improved plant growth and resistance to stresses.
Other specialized PRO-MIX® products include Ultimate Potting Mix, Ultimate All Purpose, Ultimate Organic Seed Starting, Fortified Peat Moss, Orchid Mix, African Violet Mix and Cactus Mix.
Duchesneau says it’s easy to create a “$10 hole for a $1 plant” with PRO-MIX® growing mixes and have great soil for a multitude of gardening needs.
For more information on the complete line of PRO-MIX® growing mixes, visit Growingyourpassion.com and find the products at local garden centers and retail stores.
About Premier Tech Horticulture: Premier Tech Horticulture, makers of the PRO-MIX® line of growing mixes, has been building its know-how and reputation on its expertise in horticulture for 90 years. Find them online at growingyourpassion.com and ‘like’ them on Facebook www.facebook.com/PROMIXGARDENING