How to Amend the Soil in Your Container Garden

Posted on Sep 10 2010 - 3:27am by Mike Lieberman

We know that you need to feed your plants and amend the soil in your container garden. Here is a quick how to on amending the soil.

    You’ll need the following:

  • Container that is free of plants
  • Cultivator
  • Compost
  • Water
    How to amend the soil:

  • Use your cultivator to break up the soil
  • Add some compost to the container
  • Work the compost into the soil
  • Water the container and let it drain through

Your container is now ready for the next round of planting.


10 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lukey Duky October 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm -

    that was soil that you grew with last year and your adding fresh compost to it to up the nutients from the “spent” soil.

  2. Mike Lieberman October 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm -


  3. Noel in NH February 21, 2012 at 5:12 am -

     Can you please give info on the best soil mix to use when starting a container garden.

  4. Mike Lieberman February 21, 2012 at 7:39 am -

    Lately I’ve been using Fox Farm Ocean Forest. It’s filled with everything you’ll need for a few months.

  5. Kathryn Grace March 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm -

    Good tips, Mike. Most people forget they need to keep their container garden soil fresh and rich.

  6. Mike Lieberman March 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm -


  7. Lovea57chevy March 31, 2012 at 4:09 am -

    What is the best soil to use for self-watering containers for tomatoes?   Organic, a special product made for this, or?????  Thanks,  Barb

  8. Mike Lieberman March 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm -

    I’ve been using Fox Farms Ocean Forest

  9. Grizz0 April 7, 2012 at 10:12 am -

    One tip that has helped me especially with our house plants is that the soil itself sometimes gets forgotten in the process of regular upkeep. I have been using that all natural Thrive product to amend my soil. We mix with water and apply with our regular watering schedules. It seems to helping restore the natural microbiological activity of the soil. No chemicals and cannot overtreat, perfect for our family.

  10. CoryV May 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm -

    When I’m adding liquid fertilizer to my containers, is it better to pour it over the top, or add it to the reservoir container?
    Thanks much!

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