Soil Nutrient Guide

Having the facts about soil nutrients is essential to a healthy garden. Soil basics, after all, are behind the best organic fertilizers, composting practices and the like. And we're willing to bet that successful growing mediums always trace back to a basic knowledge of balancing soil nutrients.

The trick is to keep it simple and work with nature, rather than against her.

To achieve the best soil for container gardening we take an eco-system approach. Like any living thing, your plants and flowers are part of a larger environmental network. Balancing soil nutrients depends upon all of the elements of a system working together. From mineral components like potassium, sulfur, nitrogen and phosphorus, to the pH levels in your flower beds, achieving harmony means achieving results.

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To crack the garden soil code you'll need a bit of chemistry. For those of you already sighing at the mention of science, not to worry! Garden soil basics are just that - basic. Consider this the ABC's of creating the best soil for container gardening imaginable. You know, the kind that sprouts flowers worth writing sonnets about.

It's An Ecosystem Thing

When learning the facts about soil nutrients always keep in mind that each nutrient is part of a greater system. Why is this important? Because even optimized organic fertilizers with all the right elements can be thrown off course by other factors like pH. A container garden is like a collaborative mini-ecosystem, so balance is of the utmost importance.

Now, the Nitty-Gritty

Since our focus is on balancing soil nutrients in a container garden environment, we have the benefit of a well-controlled growing medium right from the start. Having said that, what we don'thave is the stability of a ground bed setting. This means nutrients are prone to washing away at faster rates. So, the best soil for container gardening should be nutrient-rich with the best possible tilth, and supplemented regularly with great organic fertilizers and compost.

So, what are the most important nutrients? Drumroll please-

Nitrogen (N) + Potassium (K) + Phosphorus (P)

That's all folks. These three garden amigos are the nourishment your plants and flowers yearn for. And because living botanicals love them so much, they're often on short supply as hungry gardens continuously gobble them up.

There's also some secondary nutrients, the most notable of which is sulfur (S). This multi-faceted element is easier to come by naturally as organic matter decomposes. An easy way container gardeners can put a mind-on-sulfur at ease? Drop grass clippings inside of arrangements periodically.

For the total soil nutrient package, keep in mind all of the affordable organic options to fertilize window boxes and other small container garden plots including worm teas, worm casting fertilizers, and, of course, making your own compost.

For more tools to aid in balancing soil nutrients please visit our selection of organic fertilizers, worm castings and composting supplies.