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Garden Soil vs. Potting Soil: What’s the Difference?


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When it comes to gardening, there are many different decisions to make. What type of plants should you grow? What type of soil should you use? How much water do they need? These are all important questions that can determine the success or failure of your garden. In this article, we will focus on the difference between garden soil and potting soil. We’ll answer some common questions and provide some useful tips to help you choose the right type of soil for your needs!

To combat this, gardeners need to regularly replenish the soil with compost or other organic matter. This will help to keep the soil nutrient-rich and ensure that plants are able to thrive.

Another downside of garden soil is that it can be difficult to control its pH levels. Garden soil is naturally alkaline, which means it has a high pH level. This can be problematic for certain plants that prefer acidic conditions. For example, blueberries require an acidic environment in order to flourish and will not do well in alkaline garden soil.

Dense structure​

Garden soil is dense. It’s made up of clay, silt, and sand particles that have been combined over time by the actions of water and wind. This density makes it difficult for plant roots to penetrate. Garden soil also tends to be more alkaline than potting soil, Blog which can make it difficult for plants to absorb nutrients.
The dense structure of the garden soil also makes it way less breathable than potting soil. This lack of aeration can lead to problems with drainage, as water will have difficulty penetrating the soil and causing it to become waterlogged.

To improve the structure of garden soil, gardeners can add organic matter such as compost or peat moss. This will help to break up the dense clay particles and improve drainage.