The Inside Track Getting the Container Soil Right

Because a container-grown plant is confined to its space, its roots can only find nourishment and anchoring in whatever soil you provide. So soil is not the place to cut corners — take a moment to provide a welcoming environment. The following sections give you info on choosing a potting soil or making your own.

^ Don't use regular old garden dirt. It's often too heavy or dense, plus it may not drain well in a container setting. When wet, it tends to stay soggy too [fgl| long — and then it dries into hard mud. It may even contain weed seeds, an unwelcome guest you may not discover until it's too late. No, you definitely want to use those bags you buy at the garden center or home-supply store.

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