I am a beginner, focusing on vegetables in containers. So I have
been buying lots of "potting mix," which is mainly peat and bark.
I have tried a couple of different brands, and I noticed a big
difference in texture. One is fairly smooth, with mostly small
particles, I guess, and the other is rough, with more of the
bigger particles. When set in containers (with plants), the
rougher mix is quite visibly different.
I also notice that the seedlings I buy (usually in 4-in pots)
seem to have a finely-ground soil.
It is somewhat easier to plant the seedlings into the finer-grade
potting mix (i.e. pushing it up to support them.)
There is a slight price difference, although that may be due to
the rougher stuff being in larger bags. Both types claim to have
So my question is... should I come to any conclusions about the
quality of potting mix, based upon texture??? It seems that the
rougher stuff is more bark and less peat, which I suspect isn't
Thanks in advance...
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