The Q&A Archives: Ideal Soil Mix for Container Plants

Question: I am planting cucumbers in a container on my deck. What should I plant them in? A mixture of top soil and potting soil? Is this mixture the same for all containers for vegetables? Thanks! Marie Chandler Columbia, MD

Answer: Container plants need good drainage which is best obtained with potting soils which is lighter and better draining than top soil. I'd suggest a mixture of peat moss, soilless potting soil and compost at equal amounts in the container. Also, use time release fertilizer such as Osmocote and Once to keep the plants healthy. They also need to be put on a frequent watering schedule and mulched to help to keep in their moisture.

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