Potting mix vs Potting soil – EZ & Cheap DIY Potting Mix Recipe


hello friends in today’s episode we look
at a cheap and easy to make potting mix for all your planting needs
you will need peat moss some compost you will need either perlite or vermiculite
and you will need manure or worm castings and some containers to measure now what you’re going to do is take
three parts of the peat moss what you’re seeing here is called sphagnum peat moss
and it’ll form the base of our potting mix and we’re going to be taking three
parts of this peat moss now the measuring container that I’ve
used is a two gallon measuring container and that should give you a little bit of
idea on how much peat moss you need for this potting mix I usually like to break
down the pieces of the peat moss once it’s in the garden cart and that way the
peat moss pieces are broken up and they’re a lot easier to mix when the
pieces are broken now peat moss is a little acidic so if you’re using this
potting mix to plant tomatoes and eggplants or any other vegetables add
some garden lime to neutralize the effect you can also use coco coir in
place of peat moss and they are available as these bricks which you can
expand to whatever size you want I have reviewed this in one of my previous
videos and it’s a great substitute to peat moss coco coir is a renewable
resource and it’s available in plenty and these coco bricks are good for small
quantities for larger quantities you can buy bagged coco coir mixes the next
ingredient we’re gonna add to our potting mix is compost you are going to be
adding one part of compost using the same two gallon measuring
container that we used and you can either buy bagged compost or make your
own we will be now adding one small part of perlite for the small
container I’ve used something like a coffee can sized container and you can
get these at Target and to this we add one small part of manure or
worm castings and that would give enough nutrients for the plants to grow now as
we are mixing up this potting mix let me tell you that potting mixes are
different from potting soils this is a soilless potting mix and it’s a great
quality potting mix that is much cheaper if you make your own so I highly
recommend that you try making your own potting mix and you’re going to be
growing great plants the planting medium is a very important part of growing so
you will see that by using a good potting mix you couldn’t be growing some
awesome plants like you see here and this kind of a potting mix is very well
draining once you water your plants you will see that they will drain quickly
and give the best growing medium for your plants so this recipe of creating a
potting mix is very cheap one of the cheapest that you can find and it gives
you great results so there we have it folks that was our episode on creating a
cheap and easy DIY potting mix if you have your own recipe to share do put
them in the comments below and we’ll see you again soon happy gardening

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