Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How to Make Potting Soil

Making simple potting soil doesn’t have to be hit and miss. With these recipes, the potting soil ingredients will come together; making potting soil that will really work in a garden or landscape. These are basic potting soil mixes and how to make it.

The John Innes Compost
This is a famous mix of ingredients that come together to make a rich compost potting soil. It is three ingredients that are put together, sieved, and then additional potting soil ingredients are added. The recipe is as follows:
7 parts loam that has been sterilized
3 parts peat moss
2 parts sharp sand
Put these three in a sieve and then add to each bushel of compost potting soil, ¾ of an ounce of ground limestone
Lastly add 4 ounces of 14-14-14 osmocote.

Additional Potting Soil Recipes
These are some other recipes for potting soils that are simple. Everyone that gardens for recreational fun should test out the recipes and see which one works in their gardens best. There are five that are given here, for those that have ever wondered how to make potting soil.

Soil Mix 1
This potting soil recipe just calls for 1 part peat moss,1 part vermiculite, and 1 part perlite.

Soil Mix 2
The second potting soil recipe requires 1 part peat moss,1 part sand, and 1 part garden soil.

Soil Mix 3
This potting soil recipe calls for 1 part peat moss,1 part sphagnum moss, and 1 part soil.

Soil Mix 4
Only two items in this recipe, calling for 1 part peat moss and 1 part compost that has been sieved.

Soil Mix 5
This recipe needs 1 part perlite, 1 part compost, and 2 parts soil.

Potting Soil
Potting soil is used in a garden or other planting arrangements so that the plant has the best growing environment. There is usually no soil in good potting soil recipes. These additives to the soils will give better water retention and drainage, plus it will add nutrients and fertilizers so that it has a constant feed. It is usually good to use in all occasions but especially if your plant (like the African violet) needs special items not generally found in most soils. Potting soils will give the garden, the container, or any planting session a better ground to help make a better plant.

Store bought potting soil is a hit and miss purchase. There may be lower quality items in there, so if the gardener is serious in striving for better plants, he will want to make the potting soil himself. That way there is nothing but top quality ingredients that go in, with the gardener’s soil and plant in mind. Making simple gardening changes such as making potting soil instead of buying it could be the single difference between a garden that thrives and a garden that languishes about.


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