Dirt 101: All About Soil and Dirt Needed for Miniature Gardening

One challenge over the last decade with bringing the hobby of miniature gardening out into the open, and looking for fun ways to share it with the world, is that it can attract a wide range of people. Why wouldn’t it? 🌱💚 This is something that comes in many forms, quite possibly being the most accessible gardening method in the industry. Whether you are rural or urban, old or young, brand new or experienced in growing, or spatially challenged, it is easy to find out that miniature gardening is something that is not tied to any particular geographic, financial, or physical condition. Everyone that may be willing can find something fun to enjoy when it comes to mini and fairy gardening in one form or another. You can learn more from our post on How To Start A Miniature Garden.

What Are The Differences Between Dirt And Soil?

Dirt is dead matter and soil is actually alive. You can actually see the difference, with soil being rich, dark and loaded with organic matter. Dirt is something that is lifeless, sandy and dirty that you will find in the cracks on the sidewalk.

Can Soil From The Garden Be Used In A Miniature Garden?

Not recommended. You should be using potting soil in your containers. Soil from a garden bed is not going to work.

whellbarrow-fairy-gardenPotting soil is made to include everything that your plants need to grow and stay healthy. Different plants will prefer different kinds of potting soil mixtures. For example, a cactus is going to like having its roots nice and dry, needing a much different soil than another plant like an African Violet, which will need consistent root moisture. This is information that is noted within the care instructions on your plant tag. Local independent garden centers will have a wide range of potting soils along with knowledgeable staff that will help you find exactly what you need.

There are different kinds of garden soil within your garden bed itself: including loamy, sandy or clay. This will all depend on where you live and whether you have a garden bed that has been cultivated or not. Another tip to remember is that topsoil is not a decent substitute for potting soil and it is meant for the garden bed.

Miniature garden plans will want regular organic potting soil, but stay away from any soils that have added polymers or fertilizers. There will usually be plenty nutrients in the fresh potting soil to feed plans for several years before they need additional nutrition.

Conifers and a lot of smaller garden trees will want to have a bit of air around the root system. If your regular potting mix does not have enough drainage material like perlite or vermiculite, you may want to think about adding some. Providing a quality mix of soil that is well draining in the beginning will keep the miniature garden together for several years.

You should keep in mind that any conifers that are planted in the ground will not call for additional fertilizer, as they have the ability to find a great deal of nutrients in your garden soil if you have a good compost mix.

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