Last week I went to a native plant propagation workshop presented by Justin Kroening, owner of Stone Silo Native Prairie Gardens in DePere, Wisconsin. Justin is a charming presenter. He made the workshop enjoyable and the information sharing easy. One of the new things I learned lends itself well to container gardening.
When filling a container with the slightly moist soil into which you are going to transplant a seedling or even more mature plant, always gently drop the container a short distance to settle the dirt before plugging in the plant. This simple step serves to not only compact the dirt just enough so the roots can dig in, but also to rid the soil of any trapped oxygen. By doing this you shouldn’t be tempted to press down hard to compact the soil after you’ve planted your seedling.