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Whether you’re starting your garden from seed, decorating your home with flowers, or trying to get an indoor container herb garden up and running, you might still be scratching your head wondering, “why is everyone tell me to buy dirt? I’ve got tons of it sitting right outside!” It’s a common frustration and almost kind of comical. It’s akin to dying of thirst while sitting smack in the middle of the big blue sea.
The reason people tell you to buy dirt is because your little seedlings and container gardens require specific growing conditions to thrive. However, bagged soil mixes often have uncertain origins, lax regulations, significant variation in quality from bag to bag, and aren’t well labelled which all leads to confusion and poorly-made purchases on your end. With a little dedication you will no longer have to make a trip to the super-mega-home-N-garden department store and buy your potting soil pre-made. No more guess work, you’ll be doing your home garden right.
The ideal potting soil will:• Adequately retain moisture
The idea soil for potting indoor container gardens will contain 2-3 of the following ingredients:• Garden topsoil – congratulations! You already have the most important component of potting mix sitting in your backyard. Rich garden topsoil is a staple.
You now know the ingredients – depending on what you choose to mix into the soil you might still have to buy a component or two, but at least you’ll be buying one single ingredient and you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.
For now, I’ll leave you with a basic potting soil mix which can be used for starting seeds, growing container gardens, and repotting house plants. Measure out each “part” as you see fit, whether one part be a shovelful or small scoop. The important thing is that it’s proportional.
My Basic Potting Soil Mix:4 parts garden topsoil