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Garden soil in the bottom of container

LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 765
edited 26 March in Plants
Hi all

I had planned to fill this container with a mix of topsoil, mpc and leaf mould but in order to save a few pennies, and because I'm digging out another part of the garden, can I put that garden soil into the bottom of the container. The soil is mostly from the surface and is quite weedy but if it's at the bottom, will that matter?

Thanks all

Edit: Forgot the pictures!





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  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 288
    No it won’t matter but try get the weeds out first if you can. 
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,203
    Cannot see the pot, just wondered what you would like to grow in it please.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,131
    I would, but my soil is sandy and free-draining (in fact I'd mix it with the compost). Not sure if I would if it were heavy sticky clay.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,462
    JennyJ said:
    I would, but my soil is sandy and free-draining (in fact I'd mix it with the compost). Not sure if I would if it were heavy sticky clay.
    I agree … it depends on the soil. 
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  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 765
    Thank you ask for the swift responses!

    It is indeed a sticky clay! I wasn't planning on mixing it in, just chucking a few inches at the bottom to bulk it up a bit
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 765
    Not sure if a photo is much help!


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,131
    It might be OK if your plants won't mind clay (sticky when wet, concrete-like if it dries out). Or for something shallow-rooted like small bedding plants that won't get down to the clay layer.
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 765
    @JennyJ it'll be a mix of shade loving plants, so ferns, heuchera, hostas and some bulbs
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,131
    That doesn't look too bad - I was envisaging the kind of shiny sticky clay that you could make pots from.
    If that was mine, I think I would put the soil in but not as a separate layer. I would crumble it up more and mix it with some of the leafmould and MPC to lighten it, then put topsoil/MPC/leafmould on top. You don't want the garden soil near the top because where there a weeds there are most likely seeds which will germinate if they're near the surface.
  • LatimerLatimer Latimer, BuckinghamshirePosts: 765
    @JennyJ thank you!!
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