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The biggest reason you don't use ordinary garden soil in pots is because of possible pathogens - there are many pathogens in open soil which aren't a problem there, but might well be so contained in a pot. The same is true of compost which has not been produced using an aerobic, hot method of composting. Most people's compost is made anaerobically and it ...


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Firstly I assume with "plain soil" you mean dug up from outside in contrast to a bought or self-made potting mix. Secondly a recommendation is most often just a best practice. I've seen many people do a lot of stuff I wouldn't recommend doing and do fine. That doesn't mean that there isn't a reason for the recommendation. So for containers the main ...


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