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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stretching Potting Soil- How Does Your Garden Grow?

Welcome to the first day of my beginner gardening series- "How Does Your Garden Grow?" I am very excited about the posts we have coming up in this series and I hope you find it helpful!

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I am going to start the series out by talking about how to stretch your potting soil.

I love planting annual flowers every year- geraniums, petunias, impatients, and so many more. They do get a little costly though. And also potting soil can be a little expensive.

Here is a great way to stretch it.

Take your pots or planters and fill them all the way up with organic materials such as grass clippings or leaves.

Add  potting soil to the top of it until it is about an inch from the top. The leaves will compress and there will be plenty of room to transplant your flowers.

I like to let mine sit for a couple days and add a bit more soil as it compacts.
Transplant your annual flowers and enjoy.

There are a few benefits to this process:
Spending less money on potting soil and more money on beautiful flowers!
It uses up organic matter that would just be hanging out behind my bushes (those darn leaves get everywhere).
And it makes the pots lighter and much easier to move into place.

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I hope you found this helpful!
Don't miss other posts in this series!
"How Does Your Garden Grow?" Part 2- Stevie From Garden Therapy- Planting from Seed
"How Does Your Garden Grow?" Part 3- What To Grow?
"How Does Your Garden Grow?" Part 4- Annie from MamaDweeb Raised Garden Beds Vs. In Plot Garden
"How Does Your Garden Grow?" Part 5- Protecting Your Plants

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HGK said...

Hi, thanks for your tip.
I was just wondering, doesn't the organic material rotting in the pots affect your plants? That's what I would expect.
If it doesn't this seems like a great way to use things like grass clippings :)

Best wishes.

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Melanie said...

I've heard of doing something similar with packing peanuts--this sounds much more 'green'! I don't know about the rotting--it doesn't seem like it would rot too badly in just one growing season.

Kellie said...

Sounds nifty! Happy gardening!

Lolly Jane said...

I have so much to learn about gardening, sheesh!! You're super impressive!

April said...

Oh! love this series! I always try to grow flowers and veggies but I am terrible at it! I even killed a cactus!! lol Pinning this and hopefully one day I will be able to grow something! I would really love to have a vegetable garden...hopefully one day...Anyway, thanks for linking to SEw Crafty Saturday!

Deana@CountryMommaCooks said...

Thanks for linking up these great gardening tips @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)

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