Mitch BakerMitch Baker is the Horticultural Specialist at the American Plant Food Co. Garden Center and Nursery, in Bethesda, MD, focusing on natural gardening products and organic gardening. Mitch is a MD Certified Professional Horticulturist, with 31 years of experience in the garden center industry. He has studied at numerous horticultural institutions from New York to Oregon, and also serves on the board of the Rachel Carson Council.
Hi. I am Mitch Baker with American Plant Food. Now, that we have selected our container for our container garden, we are going to mix up our potting mix. Now, you can use a potting soil, something thats pre-mixed, ready to go. Thats fine, lots of these available in garden centers and hardware stores, but I am going to mix up a soil blend. But, we are going to start first with some pine bark nuggets to take up some room in the container. These plants are going to fill this container with roots. So, we dont need to have soil filling the container. It also makes it a little lighter if you want to move the container around. So, well use some pine bark nuggets to take up some room in the base and then well put our soil blend on top of that. Were going to fill it up about one-third with pine bark nuggets and we are going to use our composted blended soil amendment, so that we get that biology in our soil mix. Then we are going to add some additional particle matter with pine bark fines or pine bark soil conditioner. Then we need to blend those together. What we want is this nice loose soil mix, so that we have some of that composted blended soil and some of the pine bark fines. That particle matter increases porosity of the soil, incorporates more oxygen into the soil. It certainly improves the drainage. So, we are not filling this pot all the way to the top because we are going to fill it with plants, we got to allow some room for the plants. So, now we have our soil blend in there, the next thing is to choose our plants.