Soil is the most important component of a healthy garden. The best potting soil for your potted plants contains some key ingredients that all gardeners need to know about. No matter what kind of plant you’re growing, potting soil should be made up of nutrients that will feed your garden. Here are our top choices for the best type of soil to use for your plants:
Soil is the most important component of a healthy garden.
Soil is the most important component of a healthy garden. It’s the medium in which plants grow, and it’s what nurtures them as they grow from seedlings to mature plants.
Soil can be broken down into three basic components: organic matter (or humus), sand, and silt. Organic matter comprises up to one third of soil by volume; it consists of decaying plant material, animal waste, and other decomposing materials that have entered the soil over time. Sand is made up mostly of quartz crystals, while silt is a finer particle size than sand but coarser than clay particles
The best potting soil for your potted plants contains some key ingredients
- Peat moss
- Compost (your own or bagged)
- Soil, dolomite lime and gypsum (if needed) for pH adjustments. If you are using a bagged product as your base soil, it will likely already be at the right pH. If not, I recommend adding a scoop of dolomite lime to raise it slightly. This will help prevent nutrient deficiencies in plants. In addition, if your potting soil is too acidic for the plants you want to grow in it—such as poinsettias and geraniums—you should add some gypsum to help balance out the pH level—and thus increase their chances of success! Also use this when transplanting into fresh pots filled with lighter soils like coco coir because they can compact over time due to lack of drainage holes at bottom; simply mix 1 cup per cubic foot container before filling with potting mix until full (or just add 1/3 cup per gallon bucket).
Identifying good potting soil by touch
So how do you know if your potting soil is good? Here are some tips:
- Feel it. If the soil is moist, but not wet, you’re in good shape. It shouldn’t be so dry that it’s crumbling apart or so wet that it sticks together in clumps.
- Look at its texture with your eyes and touch its texture with your hands. Good potting soil should be light (not heavy), should hold its shape when squeezed in a fist, and should mold into a ball when rolled between two hands.
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When plants need to grow, the most important thing for them is soil. The best potting soil for your potted plants contains some key ingredients:
- Compost (it’s not just all fertilizer)
- Peat moss or coir fiber
- Perlite or vermiculite (this helps keep air and water in the mix)
In summary, we’ll be the first to admit that potting soil is not the most exciting topic to talk about. However, it’s a necessary component of every garden and deserves more attention than it gets. We hope this blog post has given you some good tips on how to choose the best potting soils for your plants. Thanks for reading!