Whether you are going to garden on the ground or in pots, you will need to consider soil amendments. Generally, soil amendments are not necessarily fertilizers but additives that are added to boost the physical properties of soil such as texture. In California, there are several certified organic soil additives and products that you can always add to enhance your soil’s edaphic conditions. Two of the most common additives include:
1. Classic Compost
This type of compost contains compost fines and wood deposits. The compost is passed through a fine screen system (1/2″). It is a great soil conditioner that is suited for topdressing and terrace seeding.
2. Premium Compost
This compost is fine textured. It contains compost wood deposits just like its classic counterpart. The only outstanding difference is the screening (1/4″). The compost has similar roles as the Classic.
When it comes to indoor farming, LED Grow Lights have become very popular. It is said that they may surpass traditional lighting due to the advantages it offers. One benefit is a longer lifespan. Typically, they last for 50,000 hours, which is significantly longer than traditional lighting.
Another advantage is energy saving. They offer a full range of light, which makes them more efficient than traditional lighting. Moreover, they use less energy to emit the same amount of light. In addition, the amount of heat emitted is much lower than traditional lighting, which helps reduce energy bills. Plus, they are 100% recyclable, environment friendly and do not contain toxic materials.
Perhaps the greatest advantage is healthier plants. Traditional lighting produces more UV rays and heat that is harmful to plants. LED lights use less heat and energy, which results in healthier plants.
Fruits, vegetables and crops that are grown in organic soil are healthier because they are free of chemicals, but also because they contain more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than non-organic vegetables and fruit. If you want to grow your own organic vegetables, you need to start with the right kind of soil. When buying soil for your garden make sure you are buying Certified Organic Soil.
To get an official certification the soil has to pass tests that determine if it contains any chemicals or chemical residue, for example pesticides or other synthetic substances that are used in agriculture. Organic farmers are not allowed to use chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and for soil to be certified organic it has to be pesticide-free for several years. The certification guarantees that your soil does not contain any residue from toxic and potentially harmful chemicals.