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Gardening for Beginners



A lot of beginner gardeners ask what type of soil should I use if planting in pots or planters (container gardening). The best quality potting soil is what you should be using depending on what you can afford. These potting soils should contain a combination of these nutrients. Composted forest humus, sphagnum peat moss, earthworm casings, and fish bone meals. These materials will get you off to the best start with growing healthy happy plants.

The type of planter you use is really up to you. A good rule of thumb is to pick a pot that will allow your plants roots to grow freely without restriction. The pot you use must have holes on the bottom to allow water to run off and not sit on the roots of  your plants. The reason is that the roots need air and loose soil to circulate and grow. Fill your pot with potting soil half way into the pot. Remove your plant from the starting black or green pot it came in. Go around the root ball and gently loosen the roots from the matted state. Place the plant in the new pot and continue to cover with fresh potting soil adjusting the plant so that it sits upright in the middle of the pot. The last step is to water your plant until you see that water is running out the bottom of your new pot.

I believe in using organic seeds and soils in planting flowers or growing vegetables. To learn more click the link organic gardening 
Organic fertilizers differ from chemicals, in that they feed your plants while adding organic material to the soil. Soils with lots of organic matter remain loose and airy, hold more moisture and nutrients, foster growth of soil organisms and promote healthier plant root development.

Growing in Containers (pots and planters) is very popular and all types of plants can grow successfully. Tomatoes is one of many types of plants that you can grow. Tomatoes need a large pot because the root system grows fast and spread out throughout the pot. I always get a pot that is approximately 25 inches across measured from one side of the rim to the other side. 

To Start your tomato plant fill your pot with quality potting soil about 6 inches from the top and create a hole in the middle of the pot so that your tomato start (nursery or garden center plant) can fit into. To help your plant grow strong and have a healthy root system apply soil all the way up to the first leaves of your transplant. This will produce additional roots which will spread out and grow a successful tomato plant. Water your new plant and fertilize with dry organic powder fertilizer mixed into the soil.
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