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Which Is Better—Garden Soil or Potting Soil?

When it comes to plants’ health and well-being, the type of soil used plays a significant role.  With the use of top-quality, well-suited soil, plants will not only be easy to care for but will thrive.  On the other hand, if poor quality soil is used, you will find that caring for your plants will be more difficult.

Although there are those individuals who choose to amend their soil, it is in many peoples’ best interest to begin with a base soil suitable for your plants’ needs as a whole.  When deciding on which type of soil to use, a good rule of thumb is to use potting soil for containers, and for those in-ground or raised garden beds, it is better to use garden soil.

Potting Soil

Potting soil is readily found on many online shopping sites, including Amazon, Home Depot, and even Etsy.  With this said, anyone, can mix their own potting soil using just a few simple ingredients.

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Potting soil is usually made from materials that will aid in the management of water.  These ingredients include coco coir, perlite, and bark.  This variety of ingredients contained within the potting soil allows it to be used as a soil amendment, but in most cases, it is usually used by itself.

The pros of potting soil: created for containers, often sterilized, good for seed starting, suitable for use with indoor plants.  The cons of potting soil include: not available in bulk, more expensive, erodes quickly.

Garden Soil

When looking for quality garden soil, your best bets are Home Depot or Etsy.  Regardless of the source you choose to purchase your garden soil from, it will usually prove to be much cheaper than potting soil and can be purchased in bulk.

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Garden soil has a higher content of nutrients due to it containing more organic matter.  It also has the dual use of being used alone or used to amend topsoil.  If a nutrient amendment is what you are looking for, you will find compost to be a better choice.

The pros of garden soil include: increase organic matter, loamy texture, made for ground and garden bed use, available in bulk hence more economical.  The cons of garden soil include: not recommended for indoor use, has a tendency to attract bugs, can compact in containers.