Soil, This is where most people start. It is what they are most familiar with. Everyone has seen or handled garden soil. It it a peat moss base with additives and usually some perlite.
We recommend using a organic soil like Fox Farms or Roots organic. These can be found at your local hydro store, ace hardware and in some states I’ve even heard Walmart has Fox Farms products. Point being these are quality products that are fairly easy to find.
Soil is great for many reasons. It does not have to watered every day. Less or no liquid nutrients are required with soil. The plants can and need to go days between watering. The cherry on top is liquid nutrients only need to be used every 2-3 waterings. This means less water usage, less nutrient usage, more time tending to your plants and more money in your pocket.
The primary draw back of soil however is over watering and yield. One of the most common mistakes new growers make is too much water or watering too frequently. The yield with soil tends to be lower then the yield with soilless or hydroponics.
Soil is a great medium indoor and the only medium I would use outdoors. It’s very forgiving to the grower.
Soil is the best medium to grow organically. When using the soil food web you maximize the potential of the plant by mimicking what happens in nature. If you want to learn more about the soil food web then check out the book Teaming with Microbes.
This has been a brief overview of soil. Check back with us later as we dive a little deeper into soil, organics, and super soil.