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Compost? Top soil?

I realise this will be a very simple question to everyone but I am an absolute novice at this. 
I am currently giving my garden a total overhaul (first garden) and I am looking to add some large pots and planters to my decking area but what do I fill them with? Compost or top soil?

Been told different things by plenty of people who are no experts. Please could you help. Compost, top soil or a mixture of both?

Thank you


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Depends what you are planting to some extent, but you won't go far wrong with 75% topsoil mixed with 25% well-rotted farmyard manure (the bagged stuff in garden centres is ideal.)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Ok thanks. I know in the longer planters I'm planting something along the lines of dwarf conifers and then just general selection of flowers from the local garden centre in others. As I say, no expert. Thank you. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,170
    Just a caution  - conifers of any kind won't be happy for very long in planters.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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