At once, I set out to create my own soil mix, and today will be sharing with you my recipe! I purchased all of the ingredients for around $20.00 and this makes 10 large bags of soil mix, which is a savings over the Miracle Grow Mix of $10.98 per bag bag!
It’s also worth nothing that I make my own compost. If you plan to use your own compost in your soil mix you will need to place a piece of screen over your containing tub and sift out your compost. If you do not have a compost pile, you can purchase screened compost for under $3.00 a bag at a local warehouse or nursery as well; some cities also offer free mulch and compost, which you can screen at home without cost.
So, here’s how I make my at-home, diy soil mix:
Basic Container Mix Components:
- 2-1/2 gallons peat moss
- 2-1/2 gallons vermiculite
- 1-1/4 gallons compost
- 2 cups fine sand
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup lime powder
To make this mix:
- Combine all ingredients, mix well, and store in tub containers.
Here are a few tips for using the mix:
- 20 quarts of potting mix is needed for a window box.
- For cacti, succulents, and scrub bushes, such as lavender, add 1 cup extra sand to your mix.
- For primrose and rose bushes, add 1 cup extra peat moss.
Pots, Tub, and Container Size:
Also, to estimate how much dirt, and supplies you will need, I have created a size guide below.
8-inch 3 quarts
10-inch 6 quarts
12-inch 8 quarts
14-inch 12 quarts
16-inch 20 quarts
20-inch 24 quarts
24-inch 28 quarts
30-inch 72 quarts
36-inch 96 quarts
12-inch 6 quarts
16-inch 10 quarts
24-inches by 6-inches 12 quarts
36-inches by 6-inches 20 quarts
These measurements are based on how much mix I use at my home, and should work for you as well. I hope this recipe will help inspire you to Greener Living as well!
Here’s to greener living,