Back in January, we wrote about the benefits of using a living soil. This post builds on that one and will discuss the advantages of using organic soil, which living soil is but one option.

Although the term organic has become nearly ubiquitous and thus quite familiar to the conscientious consumer, when it comes to horticulture, it has a very definitive meaning: matter and materials used for growing plants that are absent of chemical salts, synthetic fertilizers, and inorganic pesticides. Although those artificial ingredients can be used to support plant growth, we feel that using organic alternatives creates a better growing environment that produces better results.

Conventional potting soil is often processed — i.e. sterilized — to kill off bugs, eggs, or other microorganisms found in natural soil. Conversely, organic soil sustains and cultivates bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes, which break down soil nutrients so that plant roots can more readily absorb them. As opposed to living soil, which naturally provides nutrients and regulates nutrient consumption, when you use conventional soil mixes, you have to add nutrients to support your plant’s growth.

Of course, you can also purchase organic soil that hasn’t been composted and provides your plants organic nutrient supplements when you water them. The growing process is similar to using conventional mixes but the benefits of using organic soil and nutrients are that your plants will yield a crop with a stronger and more complex taste and smell profile. You also avoid runoff and other material waste that can’t naturally break down.

If you want to recreate the most natural growing environment for your plants though, using a living soil mimics the process you’d find in nature. Living soil has been composted to colonize the microorganisms that break down nutrients and develop a symbiotic relationship with your plants’ roots to regulate nutrient consumption. The benefit is that you don’t have to worry about maintaining nutrient or pH levels and there’s less risk of a bitter taste and smell profile from over-fertilization.

Forest Floor Organic Soils recycles organic soil from abandoned log yards and repurposes it to mimic the intricate and synergetic soil food web found in the forest ecosystem. The result is a complete and balanced nutrient-rich soil that yields stunning results. Give us a call or shoot us a message to connect with one of our knowledgeable reps to learn more about our lineup of soil products.