As a new or first time grower, I would strongly recommend using soil for your first grow. Soil is the most common growing medium and with that has a lot of resources regarding its use. For beginning growers, soil is just much more forgiving compared to say, coco coir or various types of hydroponic setups. A good soil makes for a great PH buffer and also provides base nutrients for several weeks at the start of the growing cycle, this means that for the first several weeks of growing, you generally won't need to worring about feeding with nutrient solution until the medium has expended its base nutes.
Some of the types of soil I would recommend for beginners are:
- Fox Farm Ocean Forest
Possibly the most popular mariuana growing soil on the market.
- Roots Organics Original
A very nice soil that has excellent availability and amazing drainage.
- Black Gold Potting Soil
A classic soil, very rich and loamy, not the best draining but holds a nice initial load of nutrients.
Promix carries a wide variety of different soil and soiless products, they are highly trusted and highly available. You cannot go wrong with a PROMIX product.
For some growers, bag soil just don't cut it. They would like to grow in soil without adding liquid nutrients for the entire grow. Meaning all of your NPK and CaMg, Fe, Zn, etc. are all in the soil, with enough for the entire grow.
Generally this is called super soil and can be mixed yourself or bought from the store.
Store Bought Super Soil Includes:
- Kind Soil
Kind Soil is highly regarded by its users as a "Just water and watch it blow up" soil. It contains a great load of readily available nutrients that will last from seed to harvest.
- Great Lakes Water Only Soil
As it's namesake says, this is a high quality, all-natural start to finish soil. It contains a great deal of nutritious organic matter like worm castings, steer manure, and chicken compost.
- Local Soils
Check out your local area for a great soil. I know where I live, there are several producers of bagged soil. They are all produced locally and generally have a great quality to them.
With a locally made soil, you know where the ingredients are coming from and generally the product hasn't been sitting on a shelf for a year before its sold.