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6/28/13 3:33 P

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For potting soil, I've been using Vigoro this season, but other years I've used Miracle Gro. They're pretty equal quality.

Personally, I've never seen bagged potting soil with sand already in it, but maybe I just haven't noticed. Check on the bag, it should be listed if it's there.

As for watering herbs...getting your canister nozzle close to the soil so delicate plants don't have a hard stream of water hitting them has been working for me. Pouring the water over a cupped hand with splayed fingers has worked, too.

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7/6/11 10:46 A

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Also -- BEACH_BUMM, thanks for the advice, I got the Miracle Gro organic soil too.

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7/5/11 10:41 A

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I know I'm late to the thread, but I'm just getting started with a few indoor plants: basil, cilantro, tomatoes, and peppers.

The instructions on my herbs said to water from beneath. What does that mean, and how do I do it?

Also, I saw tips on using sand for drainage -- is that already mixed in with organic soils? If not, how much sand should I add?

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5/21/10 11:23 A

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I just started a container garden and I'm using miracle grow organic potting soil. It's working pretty good for me.

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5/18/10 3:48 P

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I use a mix of native soil, home-made compost and organic bagged soil, but I try to restrict the amount of bagged soil.

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5/12/10 12:05 P

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Are these plants going to be outside and if so what state do you live in? Walmart has various container soils for various needs for beginners to start with that have long term fertilizer already in. Then experience can lead you from there. If you have trouble keeping them watered enough, you'll want less sand to keep moisture in, etc.

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5/11/10 1:23 P

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If you're just growing herbs, I would use a regular potting soil & maybe stir in some sand - herbs like good drainage!

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5/11/10 11:52 A

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I use a mix of home-made compost and native soil. If I didn't have that, I would buy any bagged potting soil (not topsoil) and also add some boxed fertilizer. Good luck with your plants!

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5/10/10 2:15 P

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I bought some fresh herb plants last week and, thanks to my grandmother, have pots to plant them in now. My question is for those who are container gardening. What kind of potting soil do you use?

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