What's growing in my potting soil? And WHY?
- CindyJ May 6, 2013 08:10 AM
Yesterday I pulled out a bag of Miracle Gro potting soil that I had opened last year, partially used, then put away. Inside the bag were clumps of sprouts -- they looked (and smelled) like bean sprouts. I can't imagine what they are, or how they got there.
Let me say, I'm really not much of a gardener. The only gardening I do is container gardening with pots on my deck. And I don't plant seeds; I buy plants at the nursery and plant them in larger containers that stay on my deck.
What's the likely story on these sprouts? Thanks!
Either the seeds were in there when you bought it or they got in it after you opened the bag. Maybe a mouse thought it was a nice place to spend the winter and filled his larder.
I think kengk is right. I have learned to seal my potting soil bags with clothespins or suffer the consequences. The worst was a bunch of grubs that june bugs laid in there, they were big and I had to kill them all. Then there were the lovely magenta and green rolled-up little cigars that I gave to my entymologist friend to see what they were. They were either a wasp or a bee, rolled up in bouganvillas. It was such a pretty little package. :-) But you don't want to plant those grubs in a small pot with your plant and its roots.