posted on Dec, 27 2008 @ 08:03 AM
plenty of things can go into potting mixes, from chip bark to coal dust, your best bet for potting mixes is a quality premium mix, cheap mixes will do
nothing for your plants, raise the pots of the ground and don't let them sit in water as it can become soggy and a good home for fungal problems
as good as pots are, plants in a good composted soil will always do better snd seem to taste better for some reason, it mayy have something to do with
trace elements that you won't find in potting mixes, most potting mixes will also have chemical fertilizers in them as well, some of these can be
If you do decide on the old fashioned planting in the ground technique, stay away from chemical fertilizers and stick with organic and compost, liquid
fish emulsion is a very good fertilizer for vegtables as is chicken manure.
good luck with it and remember to try and use natural pest sprays like pyretherum or garlic sprays, they don't have the systemic problems associated
with chemical sprays that go through the plant.
you should be able to find easy recipes on the net for organic sprays, nothing worse than feeding caterpillars your fresh vegies before you get to try
Natural sprays will keep your plants organic, potting mix on the other hand may not.