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When you walk into a nursery or garden center looking for soil, the number of options can be overwhelming. Let Dave help ...
you sort out some of the confusion, so you'll know how to choose the soil that's right for your situation.
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Hi, I’m David Epstein. This is Growing Wisdom. When you go out to a nursery and you see a lot of soils stuff bags and bags of it. And you might be a little confuse, what do you use where? What planting next? What’s compost? What about top soil? Pit moss? All of those things. Well, a couple of different reasons you maybe buying soil.
One is, you want to put stuff in containers and for that you have container mix. And container mix is a little bit lighter. It tends to have lighter components in it so when you put it in things like a window box or a whisky barrel, it’s not as heavy. And that’s really good for the annuals and any of the other flowers that you might be putting in those window boxes. What about when you're planting a tree or shrubs or other perennial? Then you have complete planting mixes, and those planting mixes come in all sorts of different forms and varieties. And the planting mixes are basically pit, compost and top soil mixed together in the right ratios for you. One of things you want to do always is mix in some of the existing soil that you have in the ground around those.
Now, you can make your own mixes. You take three components, compost, pit, and top soil, mix them together a third, a third, and a third. Mix them well and you have your own soil. And that’s kind of a neat thing to do as well at your own house if you don’t want to buy one of the premade mixes and it’s a little bit less expensive. So, we really could boil all of these bags down to three different options, container mix for those containers, cleaning mix for putting it right in the ground, or making your own with compost, top soil and pit.
That’s it, so don’t be overwhelmed by all the bags you see behind me. Think about what your project is, choose what you need, and you’ll be good to grow. Come back every week for all of our tips, hints and helps here at Growing Wisdom.