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Potting soil is big business. Every year thousands of bags of potting mixes are sold from nurseries and garden centers […]
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When you use less potting soil, you have less water retention and as a result, a smaller margin for error in feeding and watering your plants.

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Reusing potting soil is a money-saver, but nutrition loss can be a concern even when revitalized. When reusing soil, rotate plants to maximize the value of the medium and consider using the recycled soil for plants that do not require rich soil to thrive.
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~ - herbs are difficult to grow and therefore you can't simply use common garden soil. ~s generally have pH levels conducive to growing herbs and plants and usually contain fertilizers and slow-release nutrients that will help the herbs grow and prosper.

A ~ is a soil mix designed especially for plants growing in containers.
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~ is lighter than garden soil and therefore will allow better drainage. An even lighter soilless mix can be used for hanging pots if the plant is not heavy.

~ - A mixture used to grow plants, herbs and vegetables in a container garden or in a pot. Potting mixes should be sterile, loose, and light. A mixture of loam, peat, perlite or vermiculite and nutrients is preferred.

~ A growth substrate suitable for container gardening. A soil mixture designed for use in container gardens and potted plants. Potting mixes should be loose, light, and sterile.
Potting Compost Medium for potting plants or for sowing seeds.

A ~ with a high content of coarse peat moss will help retain moisture but also provide sufficient drainage. Proper support is very important. If you are going to grow your clematis against a wall, a trellis of some sort is required.

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Fill container halfway with ~.
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Put the ~ in where you tore up the grass.
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A lightweight potting mix is needed for container gardening. Soil straight from the garden cannot be used because it will not drain fast enough, resulting in too little air for the roots, and it pulls away from the sides of the pot when dry.

A spherical topiary frame (10-12 inches in diameter) with spikes at the base for anchoring it into the soil
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~ is a lighter, fluffier version of loam, seeking that same ideal middle ground, which can be hard to find in a container because the environment is more extreme. You can find a few good ~ recipes on our Seed Germination page.
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~ contains rich organic material such as peat and various composted barks. It also contains vermiculite, which helps the soil drain, yet keeps it moist. ~ is relatively inexpensive considering all the benefits your plants will derive from it.

part ~ and one part sand. Adding a little gravel
to the mixture will also aid in drainage.

Push ~ into the bottom cavity, so that there is a trench directly below one of the bottom openings. Plant six plants in the trench, so that they are very tightly fitted into the opening. Repeat with the other bottom opening.

Any good ~ will root the cuttings. Some gardeners root house plant cuttings in water, but a lot of trees and shrubs will rot with this technique. Use a container with drainage holes to hold the ~. A rooting hormone usually helps.

Use good ~ that drains well. Do not over-fertilize, or you'll have a lot of leaves and few fruits. You can apply an occasional dose of liquid fertilizer like compost tea though. This will help keep the leaves from turning yellow from a lack of nitrogen. Place in a full-sun location.

When your ~ is kept continuously moist by over watering, the fungi attack your seedlings. The telltale symptom is a constricted stem, just at or below the soil surface. Once seedlings are infected, they tend to fall over at the soil line.

The ideal ~ mix for Rosemary contains some small pebbles or sand and a little bit of lime. It won't tolerate waterlogged conditions for a very long time. This is often the cause of failure with Rosemary.

Bury it in ~ up to the bottom of the leaves. Firm the soil around this top or tip cutting. Keep the soil damp, but not soggy, and place the pot in a warm (70 to 80 deg.), sunny spot. Growth of new leaves will start in several weeks.

Do use ~, not triple mix or top soil, it's too heavy and will get compacted, stifling the roots.
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Do be prepared to water more often.

Refresh old ~ so it can be reused in this season's pots
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Choose a container. Anything that has drainage holes and is deep enough to accommodate a few inches of soil and the bulbs works as a container. You'll need to allow a 1-inch space between the tip of the bulb and the rim of the pot. Examples: ...

Use fresh ~ and moisten it before planting the bulb. This makes it easier to work with. If the soil goes in dry, it's hard to get the bulb situated. Do not use regular garden soil; it will not drain properly and your bulb might rot.

Use a porous ~ with coarse sand added when you repot this vine in early spring, making sure to provide adequate drainage.
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~: Bagged ~ is an easy substitute for seed starter mix, but requires sterilization before use.
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Replant in good ~ in May or June, keeping the upper half of the tuber above the surface. Grow the plant in a cool, bright, protected spot outside, with partial shade during the hottest part of the day, and with the pot sunk in a bed of moist peat moss.

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If you purchase ~s designated for a special purpose such as violets, orchids or cactus that do not contain polymers, you can purchase soil polymers at most nurseries and some box stores.

~ - A soil mixture designed for use in container gardens and potted plants.
processed manure - Sterilized, dried, and bagged manure. Usually sold in 40 or 50 pound bags.

To make homemade ~, mix 1 part sand, 1 part sphagnum moss, with 1 part perlite or vermiculite.

She fills it with ~ and lets the plants develop roots for the first month - the newspaper stops the soil falling out.

Tip: Select a ~ made with compost instead of a nonrenewable resource such as peat.
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Plant the stem section in moist ~. Cover the pot with clear plastic to increase the humidity and prevent the soil from drying out. Check the plant every few days to be sure the soil stays moist.

~ is often lightweight and dries out quickly.
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Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.

a medium heavy plastic storage container that is about 16" wide by 24" long by 18" deep-an 18 gallon container should be fine; about two dozen 16 ounce disposable plastic cups; a 2' x 3' section of window screen netting; a 24" long section of 1" pipe (PVC or similar); potting mix (NOT ~); ...

"I use dirty builders sand (poorly sorted material) mixed with a small amount of peat/pinebark-based ~. Builders sand is typically found in gravel pits and used as engineered fill for foundations, etc.

For the potting mixture, I use equal parts of a good quality ~ and vermiculite that makes the soil light enough so that the seeds will not have difficulty sprouting and growing.

Once enough soil has been removed to level the area with the lawn, simply roll-back the turf and fill-in any seams with excess soil and/or ~. Water the area thoroughly, and press the turf back into place. Continue to repeat the waterings until the area has fully-recovered from the work.

When grown in containers, use Bachman’s Mighty Earth™ ~. Impatiens plants are known for their shade tolerance, but they do need a lot of light to bloom well. They just have trouble with the direct afternoon sun, especially if they are even the least bit dry.

~s generally lack nutrients essential for plant growth, but a regular fertilization program will compensate for this nutrient deficiency. Many strengths and forms of fertilizer are available including granular, liquid and slow- or quick-release.

Seed composts differ from ~s in that they have few plant nutrients in them.
The lack of fertilizer ensures that there is little likelihood of the tender seedlings being
‘burned' and helps to dissuade the establishment of troublesome mosses and ...

Fill your containers with dry ~. Soil-less mixes are best and can be purchased just about anywhere. If you want to make your own mix simply combine four parts peat moss, four parts vermiculite, and one part perlite. All of these items are available at your local hardware or garden store.

To store them, gently lift them out of the soil and stored in very slightly moist compost or ~ in a cool but frost-free area. Next spring, wake them up by transplanting into pots early to mid-April in moist compost or ~ and place them in a well-lit, sunny room.

Growing Info: Best started in sterile ~ indoors or in a greenhouse before the last frost. These rare and tiny seeds will produce delicate seedlings that can be potted until all danger of frost is gone. They can then be transplanted to the garden.

When planting in a container, always use ~ that contains perlite or bark so the pot has good drainage and enough organic material to absorb and hold moisture.

Choose a container with a drainage hole, and fill with moist ~.
Gently loosen the transplants' roots, and place them in the pot, burying the root balls so the tops are even with the container's soil level. (Don't bury them too deep.) ...

'~'), water, and nutrients (fertilizer). The single most important ingredient for success is Tender Loving Care because your container plants have to depend entirely on YOU for all of their needs. It's always best to start small the first year.

Once the containers have been washed and dried, fill them with an all-purpose ~. Next, comes the seeding of the container. This is done in two different ways depending on how exact you want to be. The first way is to broadcast the seed over the top of the soil.

Consisting of grass clippings, leave, plants, plant stalks, hedge trimmings, old ~, coffee and their filters, tea bags and weeds (as long as they don't have seeds). Don't use grass clippings from lawns that have been treated with any type of weed control product.

Go to the store and get a bag of ~ mix. What you just bought is a container that is already filled with soil. Punch holes in the bottom (remember, for drainage) and cut holes in the top to put in plants. Water real good and put the bag out for everyone to see and enjoy.

Just take a pretty pot and fill it with a good ~. Remember that you want an eye catching, instant display, so tuck in an entire six pack of pansies.

What To Look For When Choosing ~
To most of us, a soil is a soil is a soil when it comes to where the rose bush is planted. But to the educated gardener, selecting the proper potting mix, or medium, is vital to a plant's health and survival.

Use a well-drained, general-purpose ~. Cut back tall growth and old flower stems. Keep well watered in a sunny, warm window. Indoors, keep the plants in a sunny location, but after danger of frost move them outdoors for the summer.

Sprinkle a little more ~ over the seeds and pat down lightly
Water very gently and evenly with a soft sprinkling watering can
Fill the trays with water and set them in their spot
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To keep the soil in the pots moist, I would use ~, then water the soil in the pot well, and cover the pot with plastic. However, don't use plastic if the pot will be in the sun. The cutting might cook it.

Don't worry about injuring the roots it's more important to remove a significant amount of the ~ than it is to keep every root intact. Planting depth is critical because azaleas are shallow-rooted plants.

White granules of a treated volcanic mineral, usually mixed with ~ to improve drainage
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A fungus, usually affecting seedlings that causes the stem to rot off at soil level. Sterilized ~ and careful sanitation practices usually prevent this. Also referred to as damp-off
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In the U.S., I believe there are granular forms of Imidacloprid which are added to the ~ and the chemical taken up by the roots, the white fly being dosed systemically when it sucks the sap. Correct me if that is incorrect.

PERLITE - Granular volcanic rock, used to improve the aeration in ~. No nutrient value.
PERMACULTURE - A very advanced system of trying to grow and provide food by using perennial plants instead of the annuals the agriculture world uses now for most of our food.

Seed-starting mixture: A particularly light and nutrient-rich ~, usually storebought, that is used in small trays to grow plants from seed.

Grow them: Pick pots with ample drain holes and use fast-draining ~. Set in full sun. Water well, then only when top several inches of soil are dry.

Drainage is crucial to the health of container plants. That's why most pots are made with drain holes in the bottom. Unfortunately this also allows the ~ to escape. Here's a simple tip to prevent that.
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Brown leaf edges may occur due to dehydration, but a very common cause is excessive residual fertilizer salts in the ~. Proper watering will prevent this.

Layer 3 - Top soil or active compost introduce microorganisms. Plain garden soil is fine. Avoid soil that has been treated with insecticides recently and sterile ~s which lack these necessary microbes. A one to two inch layer is enough.
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DAMPING OFF: A fungus, usually affecting seedlings and causes the stem to rot off at soil level. The result of soil borne diseases and over watering. Sterilized ~ and careful sanitation practices usually prevent this.

Worm compost (vermicompost) is rich in many nutrients, so you can use less than you would of regular yard waste compost. Vermicompost is usually too rich for use for sprouting seeds, but is useful as a mulch or an addition to ~.
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I did not plant them they just started growing. I also have a stock coming up through a small crack in the cement. The soil is mostly clay I added ~ to cover the bottom of the stock. Should I do anything or just let it grow?

If the plant has gotten so large that it needs to be maintained in the same pot (at the same size), try loosening the top three inches or so of soil around the base of the plant and replacing it with new ~ and/or humus.

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