Why Make your own organic potting soil mix?
This is such an easy thing to do and really is much healthier for you. Plus, it will save you a bit more money than going out and buying a premade bag of potting soil. Making your own organic potting soil will feel great and your seedlings and plants will thank you!
Things to know what a good potting mix will do:
- * Will be firm enough to support the plant
- * Contribute light enough to allow air and water to flow with minimal compaction
* Be free of weed seeds and potential pathogens
Coconut Coir: In may potting mix recipes they call for peat moss, but since there is many debates regarding mining from peat bogs, I decided to use the coir instead. Coconut coir is a by-product of the coconut-processing industry and is ground up coconut husk fibers. How cool is that? It is wonderful for retaining water. I got mine in a brick form so you have to soak it in water before it is ready to use. If you like peat moss in your recipe, substitute it 1:1.
Perlite: Perlite is a volcanic rock. It holds water and helps to aerate the soil and keep it from compacting. Some folks also use vermiculite or plain old course sand in place of Perlite in some potting soil recipes.
Compost: LOVE this stuff. First, it is the soil you made from all those left over scrapes! Ours are filled with tea herbs so how wonderful this will be to use in my potting mix! Just make sure the compost is “finished’ or it will burn your plants or introduce weed seeds into your pots. Use the finest part of the compost you can get. I had to sift a bit to get out some chunks.
DIY Potting Soil Recipe
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A “part” can be anything you use for a measuring device. Like a cup, bucket, can, etc. All depends on how much you need to make.
If your coir is in a block you will need to add water to it. I used my hands and worked it until it was really moist.
Next, mix the coir and your compost. Add more water as it makes it easier to work with. I like it damp to easily work.
Add your Perlite, stir it well and BAM…your ready to fill those planters! Congrats you little homesteader you!
Let me know what you think! Send a picture or comment how your seedlings did using your own orgainc potting soil recipe!
God’s blessings as you plant HIS goodness, naturally!
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