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Can I use garden soil to start seeds?

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Garden soil tends to drain poorly, especially when it’s used in small seed-starting trays. It can also harbor disease organisms that can damage or kill young seedlings. You’ll get the best results by starting seeds in a lightweight mix formulated specially for seed starting, such as germinating mix. These mixes drain freely yet retain enough water for seedling roots, and they’re free of fungi and other disease-causing organisms.

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