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May 6, 2013 08:10 AM

What's growing in my potting soil? And WHY?

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: EWSflash

        Well, I'm not going to use the soil. I'm just not sure if I should put it out with the trash, or dump it somewhere on the "back 40."