Cheap potting soil is sometimes about half sticks and chunks of wood! In this video, I talk about sifting it through some kind of grate thing I found cheap. I am planting some “regrown” beet greens. I will probably add a few seeds to that pot as well.
One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that gardening consists of paying attention to the details. Some things seem over-the-top, but I wonder if paying attention to those small details is part of what makes a truly good gardener. I have yet to find out.