Selecting Soil for Growing Tomato Seedlings

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How to select soil for growing tomato seedlings; get professional tips and advice from an expert on growing your own fruits and vegetables in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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I am Travis Steglich with Steglich Farm Supply in Bartlett, Texas and I am talking about growing tomato seedlings to transplant in your home garden in the spring. One of the things that is going to be real important to plant anything is the soil that you put the seeds into or the cuttings into. There are two types of soil that you can use for plants or cuttings and there is a premium type that has vermiculite, peat moss and composted plant material, humus things like that has no soil in it. These are a lot of times called a premium because they cost more for one thing and they do a better job of growing because they are a little better drained and easier to work with when it comes to putting them in pots or cells or whatever. The cheaper grades of soil will have sand and actual dirt mixed with them along with the organic matter. Generally don't have any peat moss and you can see this one has no vermiculite. These soils are lot heavier and prone to compaction and things like that and sometimes don't hold moisture or retain moisture as well as one premium that has the peat moss and the vermiculite in them.