Make Your Own Potting Mixes

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You don’t have to spend a fortune purchasing high-quality Commercial Potting Mix, you can easily make your own. In addition, these mixes won’t weight down your pots, choking out the roots of seedlings.

All Purpose Potting Mix

  • 8 quarts potting soil with vermiculite or perlite
  • 1 quart coarse sand
  • 4 quarts sphagnum peat moss, compost, and/or rotted
  • manure

Lightweight Potting Mix

  • 8 quarts potting soil
  • 1 quart perlite
  • 1 quart vermiculite
  • 8 quarts sphagnum peat moss
  • 1 cup greensand
  • 1 cup gypsum

Soil-less Potting Mix

  • 8 quarts sphagnum peat moss
  • 1 quart perlite
  • 1 quart vermiculite

How to Sterilize your Homemade Potting Mixes:

Heat the Oven to 250 Degrees, place the soil in a shallow container and bake approx. 20-30 minutes to kill bug eggs, weed seeds, and fungi. (This process also kills healthy bacteria as well!)

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3 Comments

  1. i usually mix potting soil and sand for any plants that require good drainage. about 3 parts potting soil and 1 part sand. Works very well especially for container gardening.

  2. i wanted to ask if this plant soil would also be good for herbs?

    i am wanting to grow some herbs indoors but not sure what type of soil to use.

  3. Following the previous question, I’ve got quite a few herb seeds to start my garden indoors but no idea where to go from here, lol.

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