How To Make Your Own Potting Mix


If you’re like me, you tend to garden in small spaces. I live in an apartment with a balcony that can only comfortably hold two potted plants. I also don’t have enough money to buy pre-made potting mix every time I want to plant something new. Luckily, there are several ways of making your own homemade soil that will save both time and money! In this blog post I’ll share some recipes for different kinds of homemade potting mix so that you can make the most out of your space without spending a fortune on soilless mixes at the nursery store.

Homemade potting mix for flowers and houseplants

A potting mix is a combination of ingredients, like soil and sand. You can make a homemade potting mix to use in your house or garden plants by using these steps:

  • Mix together equal parts of soil and sand. Use a container to mix the ingredients thoroughly together until they become one substance. If you want to use fertilizer, add 1/4 cup per 5 gallons (19 liters) of potting soil mixture once it’s mixed together.
  • Fill up some containers with your homemade potting mix and store them somewhere safe where they won’t get wet or dirty!

Homemade potting mix for succulents

For succulents, use equal parts of sand, peat moss, and perlite. Add a little water to the mixture and let it drain. Add a little bit of fertilizer to the mixture; if you don’t have any on hand, you can also use bone meal or blood meal. It’s important not to over-fertilize your plants at first; instead of adding more than recommended by the package directions (like in #6), add just a little bit at first and work your way up as needed. Mix everything together well before filling your pots with it!

Homemade potting mix for vegetables

If you plan to grow vegetables, your potting mix should be light and porous. You can achieve this by mixing peat moss, vermiculite and perlite in equal parts.

You will also want to add a slow-release fertilizer, which will provide nutrients for healthy plant growth. The best thing about homemade potting mixes is that you can tailor them to suit your needs—if you are growing tomatoes or other plants that require more water than others, add more perlite to the mix (perlite absorbs moisture). Or if you have sandy soil where the roots won’t be able to penetrate deeply enough into the ground, try adding more compost or manure instead of just plain soil.

You don’t have to buy pre-made soilless mixes if you have the right ingredients.

You don’t have to buy pre-made soilless mixes if you have the right ingredients. They don’t cost a lot, and they’re easy to make yourself. Many gardeners prefer creating their own potting mix because they can tailor it specifically for the plants in their garden, and many professional growers will tell you that mixing your own is the way to go. Soil-less mixes contain some combination of peat moss and sandy loam—a powdery clay that contains little organic material but plenty of air pockets for good drainage—with compost added in as well. In addition, many commercial brands also include other ingredients such as perlite or vermiculite (both made from minerals), which add water retention properties; worm castings or other organic additives; nutrients like calcium carbonate (an essential nutrient); gelling agents like polyacrylamide or agar; dyes for aesthetics; and colorants such as iron chelates for better nutrient uptake by plants with low levels of chlorophyll production


You don’t have to buy pre-made soilless mixes if you have the right ingredients.

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