Does Compost Soil Grow Plants Better Than Potting Soil?

A mix works better than either potting soil or compost on its own, soil ecologists find. Potting soil mixes often contain 20 to 33 percent compost, notes extension horticulture specialist George W. Dickerson of the University of New Mexico. Add 25 percent compost to vermiculite, peat moss and perlite for an optimal potting soil blend, recommends Ed Perry of the University of California Cooperative Extension.

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