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JeanRomo
Feb 22, 2018 12:34 PM CST
What is the best seed starting soil do I use when planting vegetable seeds.
Starting seed planting around March 15 in green house. Live in the northern wis. area.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 22, 2018 1:38 PM CST
Welcome!

I'm sure everyone who responds will have a different answer. My personal favorite is Miracle Grow seed starting mix. Its not expensive, has always been a consistent product and is readily available at all the big box stores.

You could mix your own but I'm too lazy. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Feb 22, 2018 2:41 PM CST
Two years ago I used Miracle Grow seed starting mix. When the little plants got about 2" tall, they started disappearing. I dug down and found cutworms in 3 different pots. Now I use Jiffy Mix and no problems.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 22, 2018 7:32 PM CST
A friend of mine. Told me, to use, a sterile blend of ! Equal parts of : perlite, sphagnum moss, and vermiculite.
It works great 👍!!!😀😀😀

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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 22, 2018 7:53 PM CST
All bagged potting soil is sterile until you open the bag. After the bag is opened, there are no guarantees that you won't end up with insects, molds, fungus.... The important part to me is that the ingredients are consistent from bag to bag.

There are a lot of 'recipes' for seed starting mix. All are basically 1/3 peat moss/Coco Coir/leaf mold/humus, 1/3 perlite, 1/3 very fine compost.
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