Well, apparently not all soils are created equal!
- 3 seed potatoes
- 14 sugar snap pea seeds
- 8 red onion bulbs
- 6 strawberry plants
- 6 lettuce starts
When I harvested my lettuce this week, I noticed almost every head of lettuce I was growing in the regular potting soil had been nibbled on by some sort of bug. What kind of bug? Well I’m not sure, but oddly enough, when I harvested the lettuce grown in organic soil, the lettuce leaves were virtually nibble free!
How can that be?
Is growing vegetables in organic soil really better? Even though I was totally “rooting” for the organic soil, I was still pretty shocked to find out the jacked up, chemical-filled regular potting soil didn’t perform as well. I mean, chemicals are supposed to be our friends, right? (Not really, but that’s what fertilizer companies want us to believe, isn’t it?)
After all was said and done, I ended up harvesting 3 pounds, 12 ounces of edible lettuce from the regular potting soil and 4 pounds, 3 ounces of edible lettuce from the organic potting soil. What a surprise!
At first I thought maybe the bugs were just feasting on the lettuce I had planted in the regular potting soil, but after harvesting the leafy greens I noticed tiny little holes in the potato leaves as well. There’s clearly no debate on which soil the bugs favor in this experiment
I suppose the final test will be next month when I harvest the remaining vegetables (potatoes, peas, onions and strawberries) and tally them up.
Garden experiments are cool! Especially when the outcome totally surprises you.
Keep calm and garden on,
All photos courtesy of Mavis Butterfield