Thursday, July 12, 2012

Homemade Organic Potting Soil Recipes...

If you are anything like me, I tend to look at things and think "I could make that" or "I wonder how they made that, because I could make that."  I do it all the time!  But what about potting soil?  Have you ever looked at the price of store bought potting soil?  They are making a killing!  I am a fan of gardening, but it is really tough to try and get ahead in the garden if you are spending more on the garden than you do on the produce in the store.

Plus, if you make your own dirt mixture, then you KNOW what your garden is growing in.  And if you are anything like us, then organic is important.  So here are a few simple "recipes" for good dirt.

Basic Organic Potting Soil
4 parts of fine compost
1 part peat moss or coir
1 part coarse builder’s sand
1 part perlite

Cactus- Succulent Mix (MY FAVORITE THINGS TO GROW!)
2 parts potting mix
2 parts coarse sand or pumice, a crushed volcanic rock
1 part perlite

Seed Starting Mix
2 parts peat moss
1 part perlite
1 part sand or pumice

Orchid Potting Mix (You know, the tall, pretty flowers that die as soon as you touch them?)
2 parts potting soil mix
1 part peat moss
1 part perlite
1 part medium-grade charcoal

Acid Loving Plant Mix (Blueberries, Azaleas, Gardenias, etc.)
2 parts potting soil mix
2 parts coarse sand
2 parts peat moss
1 part leaf mold
1/3 part composted manure

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