How-To

A Basic Potting Soil Recipe

Simple ingredients make this adaptable mix easy and affordable

The Recipe
1 part peat moss
1 part perlite
1 part compost
1 part good garden soil

Optional

A handful each of:
Garden lime
Soybean meal
Rock phosphate
Kelp meal

Moisten the ingredients to make mixing easier. Place a ½-inch mesh screen over a garden cart or other large container, and sift all ingredients to remove any large particles. Mix thoroughly.

The handfuls of garden lime, soybean meal, rock phosphate, and kelp meal (any of which can be omitted) provide extra nutrients that enable this mix to feed plants for a year or two without additional fertilization.

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