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The science of soil

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Mulch

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Compost

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Till and no till options

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Soilless mix

Soilless mixes are typically made from a large proportion of peat moss which is often mixed with pearlite, vermiculite or other natural materials. Because these materials drain well and don't have the same living ecosystem that soil does, they are ideal for starting seeds. Their lightweight and ability to hold water like a sponge makes soilless mixes the go-to choice for containers. However, they are not permanent and, unless they are mixed with compost or other fertilizer, they contain almost no nutrients for your plants. How do you deal with these two issues? Easy - read the contents on your potting mix bag, add compost if necessary, and make sure you change out the potting mix in your pots every three to five years to keep your plants healthy!

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