The growing medium is one of the most important aspects of
growing any kind of plant. Commercially available potting soils are expensive
and they are usually not as good as the ones you can make yourself. And its so
easy that you will be wondering what was holding you back!
In today’s blog post we will learn how to make your own
potting mix. Potting Mis is different from Potting Soil. Potting Mix is a soil-less mix and is very light. It enables strong root growth as plants do not have to struggle growing in this medium. It also provides excellent drainage while retaining water the plants need, for a few days.
What you need:
1.Peat Moss OR Coco Coir
2.Perlite OR Vermiculite
4.Manure OR Worm Castings
5.Measuring containers – one 2 gallon and one
coffee can sized
1.Using the 2 gallon tote, add 3 parts of peat
moss. You can use coco coir if you desire. Coco coir is usually better than
peat moss as it has a neutral PH (Peat Moss is acidic) and is a renewable
2.Add 1 (2 gallon portion) of compost
3.Now use the coffee can measurement to add 1
coffee can full of perlite
4.Add 1 coffee can measurement of manure or worm
5.Mix all ingredients thoroughly
You now have your own potting mix that is far superior to
anything you can commercially get.
1.If you are planting vegetables, add a handful of
garden lime per container. It improves soil pH and also adds valuable nutrients
in the soil. This is especially helpful for plants like tomatoes and peppers.
2.Azomite is a great addition, it replenishes lost
nutrients in the soil
To watch the video of making your own potting mix, see this: