Amy StuartAmy Stuart is a Warrenton, VA, resident, an avid home gardener, and a 2007 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She works with clients to build sustainable diets through individualized lifestyle choices teaching cooking classes, giving workshops and providing one-on-one health counseling.
Amy Stewart: I am Amy Stewart, and in this section we are going to talk about dirts and a couple of different sources where you can buy dirt, and the kind you are going to want to choose. I generally use a home-made potting mix, which is done in another section. However, if you dont have the time or the space or the resources, there are some commercially available brands that can work just as well and give you the results that you are looking for. This particular one is an organic gardening mix, and I do suggest that you go with organic because you can avoid dangerous pesticides and stuff like that, that get into your food because of course in our case were growing herbs, so were going to be eating what were growing, and the less pesticides and junk, the better.
In this case, there would be regular commercial potting mix; there would be artificial fertilizers and pesticides in those.
So, in an organic mix, youre going to get natural fertilizers, natural substances and enzymes that help plant to grow, and we can create some of those on our own, our own potting mix, but in an organic mix youll get some of that as well. You will get some additional properties that will help the soil drain, so its going to be superior to just going and getting a bucket of dirt out of your yard, and it will also have some organic fertilizers already sort of built in. So, it will help your herbs grow bigger, faster, and stronger, and that is how to select an organic potting mix to put in your pot.