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Pot Soil vs. Top Soil

Jun 15, 2015


If you are just getting into the exciting world of gardening, then there is probably a lot you do not know about soil. While soil might seem like a fairly basic and straightforward element of gardening, it is crucial to be knowledgeable able the many different varieties of different soils, top soils, and soil mixes available. Before you jump straight into your new green thumb impulses, take a step back and analyze what kind of gardening you are doing, what you would like to grow and nurture, and where you would like to grow it. With this information, you can make the most logical choice in terms of topsoil, soil, and mix.

This is a lengthy process, so for now we will focus on location. Are you planning to plant something in a container or pot? Or are you planning on growing them in your garden? Did you know two complete different soils would prosper in each of these two locations? Gardening is not a one size fit all hobby, so read more to learn what your best options are when debating between topsoil and potting soil.

Differences Between Topsoil and Pot Soil

Looking at these two comparatively by ingredients, you'll notice that they actually have very little, if anything, in common. Their differences are vast, which is why it is so important to use each one in the right situations and circumstances.

  • Potting Soil, might not contain any actual soil in it. The reason for this is that because it is in a small, enclosed area, it needs to be able to drain easily while also staying aerated. The most common ingredients in potting soil include: coir or coconut husks, bark, sphagnum moss, and vermiculite. Usually, a combination of these ingredients are combined to make pot soil. These work because they provide the  appropriate texture for holding roots and giving them food and moisture, while also making room for drainage in the potted plant. Because of this, any plant that in an enclosed container should use potting soil. There are more specific soils that are formulated for different plants, such as orchids, but more common potted plants will be fine with a general potting soil. Because potting soil is sterilized, it will not grow any fungus or organisms. It is also free of weed seeds, unlike topsoil.

  • Topsoil, unlike pot soil, does not have a list of commonly used ingredients in it. It is often scraped from the top of weedy areas and fields. These areas are mixed with other natural resources, such as compost, manure, and sand. Topsoil usually bears little success by itself, and more of an additive or conditioners for planting. So, to answer the question at hand, topsoil is ideal for garden and larger areas of planting and gardening, but there is more to it than simply using topsoil. Take what is already available in your garden in terms of dirt and soil, and try to improve the gardening quality of it. Do a 50/50 mix of what soil and dirt is already there and topsoil for optimum results.     

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