How to Make Your Own DIY Potting Soil

6 Materials
$30
20 Minutes
Easy

Potting mix is expensive! Quality potting soil is incredibly important for your container plants and raised beds. I honestly find it much easier than trying to deal with cold, heavy clay in the garden. Here’s how to make your own bulk potting soil

STEP 1 - Estimate how much potting mix you’ll need. For a single little container plant, you won't need too much. You can probably mix it up in your kitchen (see above). For outdoor raised bed gardens, you'll be mixing it by the wheelbarrow! Think about how much you'll need before you start.

STEP 2 - Combine the peat moss, perlite, and homemade compost in equal parts (by volume). I like to use peat moss that comes pH balanced with limestone. Read the instructions and specifications that come with your ingredients.

STEP 3 - Mix all ingredients except for the water together with the trowel. Look at your mix and adjust it if you think it needs more peat moss, et cetera. Slowly add water, mixing with the trowel. Stop when the soil becomes moist. Don’t add enough water that the soil becomes wet and muddy.

AFTER - Use your homemade potting soil in your container gardens and raised beds!

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3 questions
  • Margaret Mcbride
    on May 13, 2019

    Does this mixture give you acid soil?

    • DarthPagan
      on May 29, 2019

      peat will raise the acidity. coconut coir is a better choice than peat for many reasons


  • Margaret Mcbride
    on May 13, 2019

    I am going into a brand new house and because of health issues just having raised flower beds but need to know what type of soil I will be left with

  • Judy
    on May 13, 2019

    You don't say the ratio for the ingredients. What is the ratio?

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  • DarthPagan
    on May 29, 2019

    It's actually more environmentally sound to use coconut coir instead of peat. Peat is not a renewable resource, while Coir is. Additionally coir is more neutral than Peat is, peat will raise the acidity, while coir will not.


  • Margaret Mcbride
    on May 29, 2019

    Thank you will try the Coir.

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