plotting out my summer plant plans again (this is what a winter in western NY will do to you), and i'm going to *try* for a larger-scale container garden again this year. of course... i'm still a broke student... so it'll be a CHEAP container garden, and i'm working on ways to go about that.
the main thing i was curious about was the soil mix. obviously, cheaper is better for me, and i found out that i can get free leaf compost from the town where i live. would it be possible to use a mix of this compost and a little vermiculite or perlite and still grow decent plants, or am I asking for trouble with that? i'm figuring that the *FREE* compost will offset the cost of the additives. or should i invest in a commercial potting soil, but less of it, and throw in some compost and vermiculite? what do people here use?
the plants i want to grow are mainly herbs and vegetables... rosemary, sage, thyme, carrots (i found an adorable dwarf variety), peas, tomatoes, some African daisies and probably a few other showy annuals. i had great luck with the daisies last year so i'm more than willing to try those again!