Garden Soil vs. Potting Soil: What's the Difference? 

1. Garden soil is native soil found in outdoor garden beds, consisting of sand, silt, clay, organic matter, and microorganisms.

2. Potting soil, or potting mix, is specifically formulated for containers, containing lightweight materials like peat moss, perlite, and compost.

3. Garden soil drainage varies; some drain well, while others become compacted or waterlogged, especially in heavy clay soils.

4. Potting soil ensures excellent drainage in containers, preventing water pooling and promoting healthy root growth with lightweight materials like perlite.

5. Garden soil may contain varying nutrient levels naturally present, requiring supplementation with fertilizers or organic amendments.

6. Potting soil is often enriched with nutrients to support plant growth in containers, with added fertilizers or organic matter.

7. Garden soil may contain weed seeds, pathogens, and pests, requiring sterilization or pasteurization before use in certain applications.

8. Potting soil is sterilized during manufacturing to kill weed seeds, pathogens, and pests, ensuring a clean growing medium for container plants.

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