How to choose the best soil for vegetable garden? That’s a question worth of being asked. Indeed, many people in urban areas don’t actually grow their vegetables in the soil. What normally happens is the use of a substrate and that’s the kind of thing we need to be thinking about when looking for the best for our vegetable garden.
Soil or substrate?
As we’ve written about before we cannot guarantee that city soil is free from contaminates so what you can do to be sure you are using the best soil for vegetable garden, is to choose a substrate already identified and certified for organic farming.
Now let’s not confuse soil with substrate! Although we use substrate as soil, soil in fact has particular features that substrates do not have. Soil is made of mineral matter and mixed with organic matter while in substrates you won’t normally find this mineral matter present.
But let’s focus on what matters most
How to choose the best substrate/topsoil (but not just plain old soil), for your growbed?
Look for a soft substrate/soil, which contains less woody material but plenty of nutrients. If it is not particularly nutrient-dense during the initial stages of planting be sure to use an organic liquid fertilizer to compensate.
Most substrates are rich in turf but you might want to avoid that too as turf is actually extracted from a sensitive ecosystem – making turf heavy substrate not very environmental friendly.
An option you could use instead is coco fiber which is generally just great! It’s soft but you can buy it dehydrated which makes it easy to transport (which is particularly important if you are growing on a rooftop), and it also lasts a long time.
The only downside is that coco fiber contains absolutely no nutrients at all, so you will definitely have to add all the nutrients using liquid or solid organic fertilizers. Not to worry as usual we are on the case here at Noocity. So get in contact if you are needing anymore guidance and…