Garden soil in pots?? Bad idea!
Hey guys, this forum really doesnt need any more information about not putting soil in pots, however I thought I would post this story and picture anyway, showing why itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a really, really bad idea to use garden soil as a potting mix.
As background information, about a month ago I had a truck deliver some soil from a soil company labeled Ã¯Â¿Â½composting soilÃ¯Â¿Â½ for a raised vegie garden bed. It is a mix of manure, sand and other unknown ingredients. The plants in my raised bed seem to enjoy it. I had some left over and mixed it throughout other vegie patches I was building, they all loved it too!
I still had some left over, and before reading this forum I decided I would use it to pot up some of my plants! I used a small amount in a curry leaf tree (which seems to be doing alright, as I left the bulk of the potting mix attached in a fairly small potÃ¯Â¿Â½ whew!) and then after reading this forum thought to myself.. How bad could it REALLY be!?
So I filled half a pot with the mix and then filled it with some water, and sat down to see how quick it drained. After sitting for about 10 minutes with NOTHING coming out the bottom, I thought the holes in the bottom must have been clogged or something, so I got a big sticked and stirred it all about making sure the soil was totally saturated. I waited a bit more and obserbed a very small trickle coming out the bottom.
Anyway 4 days later, there was still a layer of water on top of the soil, despite having several days between 30-34o in a row (86-93F). Then it rained for a day and got filled some more, and then rained again a few days later. Finally this weekend after repotting a bunch of plants into AlÃ¯Â¿Â½s 5-1-1 mix I went and looked closely at the pot which STILL had water in it, except now it was full of little mosquito wrigglers! Needless to say I then dumped the whole foul mess. The pic is taken right before I dumped it.
Moral of the story, donÃ¯Â¿Â½t put soil for your garden into pots!!