Seed Starting Soil


As you continue your garden preparation, you may run into another question: What kind of soil do I use to get my seeds started?


Seed Starting Mix vs Potting Soil

A seed starting mix is not the same as potting soil.  Seed starting soil has a fine texture with little to no fertilizer charge. Sprouting seedlings have the nutrition they need for germination and initial growth. The fine particles in seed starting mix allow tender seedling roots to more easily grow through the media. 


Commercially Produced Seedling Mix vs Homemade Seedling Mix

Your next question might be: Should I purchase a commercially produced seedling mix or should I make my own?  There is no right or wrong answer to this question.  Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of both options.


Pros of Commercially Made Seedling Mix:

  • Takes the guesswork out of making your own mix
  • Purchase one bag 
  • No mixing required = Less Mess

Cons of Commercially Made Seedling Mix:

  • May cost more
  • Less control of what ingredients are used


Pros of Making Your Own Seedling Mix:

  • Control over the ingredients
  • May cost less

Cons of Making Your Own Seedling Mix:

  • Mixing required = May be a bit messy!
  • Need to have a recipe (easy to find online or from a friend!)
  • Must purchase many individual ingredients


After considering the pros and cons of both commercially produced seedling mix and homemade seedling mix, what are you going to use?


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