Pot sizes & soil mixes
I've read through a few posts about soil mixes, but I suppose I'm looking for something more specific on certain plant requirements...
I'm going to be potting several blueberries and raspberries this spring and I want to make sure I'm giving them the best start I can. I plan to keep them in a pot for the next year or two and then plant them in the ground after our next relocation.
I know blueberries need acidic soil, when I had picked up a couple blueberry plants a few years ago, the farmer told me to pot them in a mix of sand and peat moss (I forget the ratio off-hand, but it's what they used on their NJ blueberry farm). I'm wondering if I should do the same, or if there is a better soil mix to use.
I have no idea of the soil requirements for raspberries other than that they will surely need different soil than the blueberries.
I also pot a couple cherry tomato plants each summer because my in-ground bed won't hold all of the plants I want to grow. In the past, I've just used garden dirt/whatever I had lying around and they did okay, but I'd like to do better this year.
The cherry tomatoes will be in 6 to 8 gallon plastic pots. I haven't bought the pots for the blueberries and raspberries yet... are those cheap plastic nursery pots okay? What size for a young blueberry or raspberry?
Thanks for the help... I mostly do in-ground planting and have been dubbed 'black-thumb' by my husband for my ability to forget to water our indoor plants. I never really thought about treating container plants so differently from in-ground plants, so I'm looking here for advice to help my container plants produce this year.