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Homemade potting soil

Posted by paininthepetunia Zone 3 (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 7, 13 at 0:31

I have searched and searched these forums and can't seem to find anything on homemade potting soil (which I find odd). I mustn't be looking in the right spots I suppose. Just wondering if anyone has any success with making there own potting soil? I am thinking that with the amount of pots I plant, making the soil myself might help save a bit of money. And who knows, it could be fun! So do tell, how do you make yours?

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RE: Homemade potting soil

I used to work for Stan Thonson and he always made his own. Will phone them and he will give me his recipe.

RE: Homemade potting soil

The thing about potting soil is it's not soil. It's usually peat moss based, with some vermiculite &/or perlite mixed in to keep it from caking, and a bit of fertilizer. You can buy all these things separately but it doesn't save any money. Some potting soils contain municipal compost, which you can also make yourself.

For me the most economical way for potting lots of plants is to buy a big cube/bale of Pro Mix. It's good for seedlings and adult plants alike, and is better quality than most bagged soils.

RE: Homemade potting soil

I vote for Pro Mix also. Problem is, I have to go out of town to get it, so always pick up a bale if I'm in Wpg. whether I need it at the time or not.

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