I am thinking about trying a Japanese Maple this year in my garden, which will be my first. The problem is, that I don't know if I have an adequate amount of sun for one, nor do I have a free spot picked out just yet in which to dig a hole. I'm also a bit intimidated by them, because I am a new gardener and I try to deal with only "easy" plants. My thought was to just pick up a small inexpensive one locally, keep it in a container this year, and see how it does this summer so that I can decide if I want to pursue a nicer one in the future.
I'd like to know what the best commercial potting mix would be...I've been googling and I learned Miracle Grow, etc is too high in peat and has too much fertilizer. I've seen a lot of recipes for mixes you make yourself, but the truth is, in the interest of saving time, money, and gas from driving around looking for all the ingredients, I'd really rather just go and buy a bag of something that I can use for one little tree. Any suggestions?