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help making a fertile soil

Long story short, I made my soil mixture last year. I used a variety of fertilizer (osmocote) that wasn't suitable for container gardening.

I didn't realize it wasn't until I called and asked how much of the fertilizer to use per container gardening, and they told me it wasn't suitable for container gardening. It didn't specify on the label that it wasn't, they just assumed people should know it wasn't suitable for container gardening, because the label didn't say it was.

By the time this happened, I had to dump my soil mixture, and make a new batch.

Didn't have time or money to add fertilizer that was suitable for container gardening. I tried to compensate by fertilizing on the surface of the soil mix, by using a liquid fertilizer.

This ended up over fertilizing the plants, stressing them out, and created a disaster....aphids were attracted cause of excess nitrogen in the soil and basically decimated my plants and harvest.

The soil mixture I have says you can add a 1/2 cup per 30 gallon batch of micro nutrient powder. I'm wondering if something called michorrihzae would be considered micro nutrients? Michorrihzae are soil microbes that make the soil more fertile.

If I were to add the michorrihzae could it just be mixed directly into the soil when I maix up the batch?

I was also told that if you don't have earth worms if your soil, it's a sign it's not fertile enough? Does this only apply to soil in the ground, or can it apply to soil less

mixtures as well?

In conclusion, what I thought would end up helping ended up

creating tons of problems. Since making my soil mixture is the most expensive part of container gardening for me, I really can't afford to screw up the soil mixture again, by fertilizing improperly. As such, I could REALLY use advice with this.

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