How to Use Miracle-Gro Vegetable Soil in a Container


Miracle-Gro vegetable soil is an in-ground soil, meant to be added to the existing soil in a vegetable garden. This is a heavy, dense and compact soil that will dry out too quickly in the confined space of a container. In fact, Miracle-Gro representatives clearly state that this soil should not be used exclusively in pots or containers. Miracle-Gro vegetable soil can still be used for your container plantings as long as it is amended to create a lighter soil that drains well.

Step 1

Combine equal parts of Miracle-Gro vegetable soil, vermiculite and peat moss.

Step 2

Pour water over the mixture, gradually, while stirring. Continue to add water until the mixture is uniformly moist.

Step 3

Scoop the mixture into the planting container, using your gardening trowel, and allow it to sit, draining, for one hour. The soil is now ready for planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Vermiculite
  • Peat moss
  • Large container
  • Spoon or stick for stirring
  • Gardening trowel


  • Scott Miracle-Gro: In-Ground Soils
  • University of Illinois Extension: Using Soil and Soil Mixes
  • "Burpee Seed Starter: A Guide to Growing Flower, Vegetable, and Herb Seeds Indoors and Outdoors"; Maureen Heffernan; 1997
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