Last Updated on April 17, 2021 by Paul Guzman
Soil amendments for gardening – Does gardening require soil amendments?
Yes, it does. The soil in the southwest is poor. We recommend Back To Earth Compost for planting trees, shrubs, and other larger outdoor type plants. We recommend using it at about a half and half ratio. Half native soil and the other Back to Earth compost or any type of compost available in your area. Why this ratio? Because it is rich in nitrogen and this element will burn the root system if applied at full strength.
BTE – Back To Earth Compost
Back to Earth compost cotton burr blend will improve your soil, it begins to work immediately, bringing back vital organic matter and humus to soils, regardless of soil conditions.
It can also be used to plant trees, shrubs, and anything that will grow outdoors. Also used be in container-type plantings. It contains lava sand, composted mulch, and forest compost. Top soil is basically good dirt. You can use it to cover patches of grass that have died out. Add grass seeds into the empty spot and apply topsoil. Water thoroughly and your seeds should germinate in about 2 weeks.
Ultimate Potting Mix from Ferti-Lome.
Can be used for almost any type of gardening. Ideal for container or outdoor vegetable garden.
The Ultimate Potting Mix is our all-purpose performer. Everything necessary to grow most indoor and outdoor plants can be found in this general purpose formula. The Ultimate Potting Mix is the mix that will work well for germinating seeds as well as hanging baskets. Read more information on their website. Fertilome website.
As the name suggests it is used for cactus plantings indoor pots or outdoor ground planting. Use this potting soil for indoor succulents and outdoor cactus soil. It encourages vigorous growth while ensuring aeration and drainage that most cacti, bromeliads, and succulents need to thrive. Use it in containers for smaller type Yuccas and Agaves.
Black Gold Natural and Organic Potting Soil. Enriched with earthworm castings, it contains a mix of peat moss and compost in addition to perlite and pumice to ensure good aeration. More information on Black Gold natural and organic potting soils.
What about Mulch?
Mulch is for top dressing on newly planted trees, shrubs, vines, roses, and most plants that are perennials. It helps with water retention and the over-all look of your garden.
Soil amendments for gardening
Color Your World and Guzman’s Greenhouse will normally have these soil amendments for gardening throughout the gardening season. This includes the winter season.