21 May '12, 9am

Test Your Potting Soil Quality Soil Before Planting Your Container Garden

Test Your Potting Soil Quality Soil Before Planting Your Container Garden

All potting soil blends are not created equal. The quality of your container gardening mix can fluctuate from bag to bag even among the best brands. To ensure that my container gardening soil is what I expect it to be, I like to test it before using the whole batch. After a few years of container gardening you’ll become an expert at analyzing how good the mix is just by lifting the bag off of the ground. If the bag is heavy you’ll know that it may contain too much organic material. If the bag is too light, you know that there isn’t enough organic material. Through experience you know when you find that perfect bag of potting soil because it feels just right. Here’s a simple test you can do at home before planting and finding out the hard way that your potting soil mix stays too wet or too dry for your plants. Step 1. Take some of your potting soil and fill a medium-sized p...

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