Potting Soil Doesnt Have Soil
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We call it potting soil, but there’s no true ‘soil’ in it at all! Today Lisa shares how she mixes her own soil, what she uses, and some other choice potting mix tips.

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Lisa Steinkopf is a blogger, freelance writer, and houseplant enthusiast, and the author of Houseplant Party: Fun projects & Growing Tips for Epic Indoor Plants. She loves taking care of her own plants, and teaching others to take care of theirs at The Houseplant Guru.

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