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Garden soil in pots

AaronBilAaronBil Posts: 100
I’ve relatively recently dug up some turf and soil amassing a pretty big pile. I’m not sure what to do with it but was thinking about mixing it 50/50 with multi purpose compost to pot up cannas and dahlias in the coming weeks.

My soil is clay but the pile I have is relatively loamy top soil.

Does anyone else use garden soil in pots?

bad idea?


  • B3B3 Posts: 25,181
    I mix it sometimes with no problems. You'll probably get a few weeds from your soil but that's no big deal. I would sprinkle in  a bit of slow release fertiliser too.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    All my big pots have some soil from the garden in mixed with compost.  Well except for a couple that don't like acidic soil.  No problems so far!
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,227
    It will be fine, better than MPC on it's own in big long term pots.
  • AaronBilAaronBil Posts: 100
    Thanks guys, I’ll certainly give it a go, I guess it should hold onto water a little better too.
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