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Seed Starting: Preparing the Potting Mix
Make sure the potting mix is not lumpy.
Loosen and dampen the potting mix before you put it into your seed starting containers. It is easier to get a uniform level of moisture if you do it this way.

Dampen the mix to the consistency of a rung-out sponge. It should be wet, but not dripping, with no dry lumps.

There are many good potting mixes available. Using a soilless potting mix rather than outdoor soil is preferable because potting mixes don't readily compact, don't contain weed seeds and don't have disease spores and other possible problems.

Also, since new seedlings don't require fertilizer until they sprout their first true leaves, you don't really need a mix with fertilizer already in it.

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