Organic Potting Soil for Herbs

 In food-forests, grow-food, Orchard Planting

Looking for the best organic potting soil mix for herbs?

It is Spring on the Islands. Orchard Bees are buzzing, The Lilacs and apple trees are in full bloom. It’s time to get your organic potting soil and pot up your herbs. If you’re just getting started buy herb plants from local farmers markets and local farms. On Salt Spring Island, I recommend purchasing strong, healthy herb starts from the Saturday Market or local farms like Chorus Frog Farm and Eco Reality.

Our group of blueberry bandits and rewilding wizards are meeting to trade cuttings of Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage and lavender, gifting friends with lemon balms, mints, and oregano. The soil mix I use is key to my success. Today I’d like to share with you my all time favorite soil mix for herbs. This is my secret sauce to growing seven (7) ft tomatoes outdoors – watering only once a week! I’d love for you to have an amazing experience growing fresh organic herbs. Try this soil mix out. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how much you grow.

My Organic Potting Soil mix for herbs

  • 1/2 Wheelbarrow of Sunshine Mix #4. (Peat & Perlite Mix)

  • 1/2 Wheelbarrow of Chicken Manure.

  • 2 Small Yogurt containers of Worm Castings

  • 1 Small Yogurt container of organic 4-4-4 fertilizer. Gaia Green 

  • 1/2 Small Yogurt Container of Azomite for Minerals

  • + Secret Sauce. 1 Teaspoon of Myco Grow sprinkled on the roots.

  • Large Wheelbarrow, Shovel, Hoe, Teaspoon, Water, Large pot.

Organic Potting Soil Amendments

How to mix and plant into Organic Potting Soil

First, set your potted herbs in a container with water to reduce transplanting shock. Remember to transplant when roots are out of direct sunlight for best results.

Mix your soil base by adding 50% Sunshine Mix and 50% Chicken Manure. In my wheelbarrow this is about five shovels of The Sunshine Mix (Peat & Perlite Mix) mixed with two bags of organic chicken manure. Approximate mix is fine.

Then add your Amendments. Add two generous yogurt containers of Worm Castings to one yogurt container of an organic mixed fertilizer. I like Gaia Green’s 4-4-4 fertilizer. Then add half of a yogurt container of the Azomite trace minerals.  Mix the soil mix thoroughly in the wheelbarrow with a shovel or hoe. Add the Soil mix to the Largest pot you can find. Larger pots mean more nutrients for bigger plants. Bigger pots also save you time because they dry out slower and you to water them less often.

Next, grab your potted plant. It should be thoroughly watered on the bottom. Gently remove from the container to expose the roots. Apply one half of teaspoon of Myco Grow by sprinkling it directly on the roots of the plant. Myco Grow is a Mychorrizae fungi blend designed Paul Stamets, a world leading Mycologist and founder of Fungi.com – Myco Grow builds a symbiotic relationship with the plant leading to faster plant and root growth by protecting it from pathogens, and increasing the plant’s ability to absorb water and essential nutrients.

Finally, plant your herbs in a large pot using your organic potting soil mix. Gently press around the plant to remove any large air pockets just outside the roots. Place the plant in a great spot; full sun, easy watering access, and close to the kitchen. Water well. Smile. I look forward to seeing you grow.

Nigel Kay
I grow food, plant trees, maintain orchards, and design ecosystems that help families become healthier and happier.
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