If you choose to grow organically, finding organic soil is a little easier if you can just buy certified soil to meet certification requirements.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Services website has formulas you can follow. The link has a very informative article on potting soil for organic growers.
In the alternative, organic potting soils are available for purchase from companies such as Fafard. Everything in the bag is certified organic and meets all the organic program standards - no chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers.
Of all the plant failures we gardeners have over the years, there are an equal number of successes to keep us going. It took 2-years to encourage this plant to thrive and the little late bloomer made up for lost time this spring. It's Rose Queen Salvia. Photo was taken yesterday morning -
There is a gorgeous Tricyrtis hirta Toad Lily in the shade garden and I can't ever get a good photo of it in the deep shade in the fall when it is showing off its weird little flowers. Heronswood has a good photo -
click here if you would like to see something to add to your shade for fall bloom.
This is its third spring and it is 10-times its original size. This year it is standing a foot tall.
Have you seen the Joel Makower blog? "Two Steps Forward: Sustainable Business - Clean Technology - Green Marketplace" are the title and subtitle. Makower is out making the world a cleaner place. Take a look at what he is up to.
In the mid-90s this week, so even though I watered and put 20 plants in this morning, that's about all I accomplished before wilting from the heat.