The Q&A Archives: Using Proper Soil

Question: Is there any difference if I use garden soil in containers? I used the soil in several of my containers, then later noticed that I should have used potting soil. Thanks for your help.

Answer: Potting soil is recommended for use in containers because it's loose, drains quickly, and is rather light in weight, even when wet. Garden soil is generally too dense and heavy to use in containers. It can hold too much water, and if it dries out, it can be hard to rewet. Since you've already used garden soil, you should take special care in watering. Make sure the soil gets thoroughly wet when you water and try not to let it dry out completely between waterings. I'd suggest using potting soil for any new containers you decide to plant. You'll be able to see the difference in care between the garden soil and the potting soil containers right away!

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