I hope you can agree with me when I say:

  Growing your own food is one of the most gratifying pastimes in the world: because there’s fresh produce on your plate at the end.  

But it isn’t all sun-warm tomatoes and crisp, green heads of lettuce. There are exponentially more slugs than you’d expect, for one. And root rot. And blight. And late frosts. You get the idea. There’s no such thing as an effortless crop — and don’t presume that you can plant 15 sorts of vegetables now and turn your nose up at the produce section the next time you go on a grocery run.

Although there are a few choice crops out there that’ll be ripe for harvest in a couple of weeks, such as radishes and salad leaves, most take months to reach maturity, and even the most seasoned gardeners experience failures because of pests (see: the aforementioned slugs) or mildew or wilt and so on and so forth.

The learning curve is steep, sure, but our list of the best potting soils for vegetables is sure to give you a leg up! I’ve also included a list of the easiest vegetables to grow, and a few handy tips for beginners.

Best Potting Soils For Vegetables 2021:

Succulent SoilRating
Organic Potting Mix by Perfect Plants for All Plant Types
2. Good Earth Organics, Gaia’s Gift Premium Potting Soil
FoxFarm FX14240 Happy Frog Potting Soil
Miracle-Gro Garden Soil Vegetables and Herbs
Earth 749688008136 813 Gold Premium Potting Soil
Purple Cow IndiCanja Organic Living Soil
10/10 (Editor's Choice)
Roots Organics ROD75 Growing Media
Espoma potting mix 7/10

How To Container Grow Vegetables On A Balcony Or Patio:

1. Organic Potting Mix by Perfect Plants 

Why we love it:

  • Good for container gardening
  • Ready to use right of the bag
  • Easy to store

✅ Prevents root rot❌ Expensive
✅ pH adjusted

2. Good Earth Organics, Gaia’s Gift Soil

Why we love it:

  • High nitrogen content
  • Well suited to plants that love nitrogen
  • Excellent drainage

✅ Entirely organic❌ Expensive
✅ 5 gallon bag

3. FoxFarm Happy Frog Potting Soil

Why we love it:

  • Beneficial soil microbes
  • Mycorrhizal fungi
  • Large bag

✅ Easy to find❌ Not as good as some of the other options out there
✅ Cost effective

4. Miracle-Gro Garden Soil Vegetables

Why we love it:

  • Ubiquitious
  • Feeds for up to three months
  • Good for beginners

✅ Easy to find❌ Not as good as some of the other options out there
✅ Cost effective

5. Earth Gold Premium Potting Soil

Why we love it:

  • Great for indoor and outdoor gardening: few complaints of gnats
  • OMRI certified
  • Myco Apply certified

✅ pH adjusted❌ Expensive
✅ Safe for pets and children

6. Purple Cow IndiCanja Organic Living Soil

Why we love it:

  • Premium compost formula
  • Big bag
  • Excellent composition

✅ Volcanic ash❌ Expensive
✅ Out of this world formulation

7. Roots Organics Growing Media

Why we love it:

  • Coco fiber base for optimal drainage
  • Pre blended with perlite and pumice
  • Mycorrhizae

✅ Extremely user friendly❌ None
✅ Big bag

8. Espoma Organic Potting Mix

Why we love it:

  • Great amounts of moss
  • Soil less
  • Affordable

✅ pH adjusted❌ None
✅ Small bag


Wondering where to start when it comes to growing your own vegetables? Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of the best vegetable potting soils on the market to aid you on your search.

The easiest vegetables to grow:

You Can’t Go Wrong With:

Never so much as picked up a spade before? Not to worry. We’ve put together an easy, breezy beginner’s guide to some of the best vegetables for your first foray into the world of growing your own produce.


Mighty hard to screw up radishes. Wonderfully simple and a walk in the park to grow, these are a favourite of novice green thumbs everywhere. You’ll want to start sowing in March, and thin to 5cm apart, watering well during dry spells. Within three weeks, the radishes will be a harvestable size, and you’ll be one happy camper.

New potatoes

I don’t need to wax poetic about the virtues of potatoes. Everyone loves them. Leave tubers out to sprout in a warm, light room until the sprouts are 2.5cm long. Then plant 15cm deep, with the end that has the most sprouts facing up, 30cm apart. When the new shoots reach 20cm tall, pull earth up to their tips. Once they’re been flowering for a couple of weeks, they’re ready.


Garlic’s one of those hardy little plants that can take a veritable beating and keep trucking.  Plant in either autumn or spring (check the variety), four inches deep, and then leave it alone till it’s time to harvest lovely bulbs in the summer.

Tips For Growing:

From finding fertile soil (and yes, you can re-use potting soil, sometimes) to timing your planting, beginners can have a hard time figuring out how exactly to get their vegetable gardens, or containers, or planters on the road! Here’s a few tips and ideas.

It’s all about perspective, and managing your expectations: treat what you’re growing as an experiment in cultivation, and if you’re fortunate enough to manage a small harvest, it’s a bonus, and not the end all be all. The whole exercising of growth is its very own reward: there’s nothing quite like the thrill of spotting your very first flush of green against the soil as your seeds put out their first sprouts. Do your best to include the children in your household — they’ll be into the idea of eating something they had a part in growing, and it’s an excellent learning opportunity!

First thing’s first: be practical. Consider the size, shape, and location of your garden to figure out the best set-up for you. Maybe you’re better suited to herbs. Keep in mind that it can always be changed over time if necessary.

If you’ve got the room to plant in raised beds, do that! The fastest way to get that deep layer of fertile soil is to make raised beds. Raised beds yield up to four times more than the same amount of space planted in rows.

Try climbing plants to make the most of your room! No space? No problem. No matter how small your garden, you can grow more by going vertical. Space hungry vining crops like tomatoes, pole beans, melons and cukes are the cramped gardener’s best friend. As are trellises, fences, cages and stakes. Onward and upward!

So dig out your gardening gloves and get going!


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