Ask a Question forum: Compost and Top soil (Planting potato and strawberries)

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TheGameLord
Jan 20, 2018 11:35 AM CST
I am planning on growing some plants in containers. Like potato and strawberries first i will plant them indoors but i have a window which is quite big and is faces to the sun most of the day. Will i be able to plant them in that place.

Second i would like to know the difference between compost and top soil and csn i just use one of them to plant what i want?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 20, 2018 11:48 AM CST
Welcome!

Compost is made by allowing a lot of different organic stuff: leaves, wood chips, pine needles, peat, manure... to decompose. It is used as a soil additive to add nutrients and aide in moisture retention. Topsoil has been, literally, scraped off ground. It is also high in organic matter so adds nutrients and moisture retention. Use one or the other mixed into whatever soil you choose. If you are using bagged potting soil, all that is already in there.
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TheGameLord
Jan 20, 2018 12:03 PM CST
Thank you.
I can just use potting mix and it should be fine for my potato and strawberries plants thank you btw i want to start them from a seed
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 20, 2018 12:06 PM CST
I don't think I have ever heard on anyone starting with seed to grow potatoes or strawberries.
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TheGameLord
Jan 20, 2018 12:13 PM CST
Well i dint mean seeds for the potato i will start from a poato that i can find in store.
But i am sure i seen a video and read on wikihow something about planting and geowing strawberries from seeds.If you think this might not work can you tell me what is the best way to grow starberries because buying it from a shops is not good if you have a look at my previous post you will see that i got some kind of diseases in my plant whe i brought them from the supermarket.

Thank you
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 20, 2018 1:12 PM CST
I don't think your raspberry has a disease. Buy seed potatoes and baby strawberry plants from a reputable nursery or online catalog.
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TheGameLord
Jan 20, 2018 1:23 PM CST
Ok thank you
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Ape_Goblin
Jan 20, 2018 10:18 PM CST
I'm pretty sure it's possible with both, but you almost definitely wouldn't end up with reliable production, and many commercially available cultivars of potato won't even produce seed
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Ape_Goblin
Jan 20, 2018 10:28 PM CST
Also, compost is generally more sustainable and therefore a better option than topsoil, which seems like the basic recipe for large scale land degradation

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