Better Ingredients, Better Plants

I'd better not find any actual frogs in this bag. Credit Dalia Colón.

I’d better not find any actual frogs
in this bag. Credit Dalia Colón.

Chefs are always preaching about quality ingredients.

Use the best olive oil you can afford. Don’t cook with wine you wouldn’t drink. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

So when my co-worker/gardening guru Bryan told me I wasn’t doing my plants any favors by using Miracle-Gro soil, I knew he had a point.

Nothing against Miracle-Gro, but it’s sort of the cooking wine of the plant world. It’s just… aight.

A plant is like a dish with only a few ingredients — soil, water, nutrients, sunlight — so every ingredient has to bring its A-game.

Today on my way home from work, I swung by Worm’s Way, an organic and hydroponic speciality store in Tampa. The clerk, Rick, hooked me up with some fancy organic soil. Happy Frog Potting Soil promises to Jump Start Your Garden!, the packaging reads.

As dusk turned to night, Norah drew with sidewalk chalk while I re-potted our new strawberry plant and a few others with the organic soil. Then I fed them with a new liquid plant food I also bought today. Once the food has a chance to take effect, I can retest the soil’s pH and adjust accordingly. (Look at me, learning stuff!)

As scientists argue back and forth over the merits of organic food, I’ll err on the side of health. My family eats organic, should shouldn’t my plants?

What type of soil do you swear by?

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Posted on January 14, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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