Asked on Feb 25, 2016

Looking for a potting mix recipe for tomatoes & peppers

by Dfm
I have a 1/4 acre lot and seven mature yard is all tree tree roots. Digging is not an option- so galvanized wash tubs and grow sacks it is. I found a basic soil mix on the net last part each of peat or coir, compost, top soil, and vermiculite... l need to tweak it per 5 gal. grow sack. How much of what nutrients need to be added for tomatoes and for peppers? l don't consider egg shells - egg allergy in household. Thanks bunches!
my house plant herd they will booted to the front porch after last frost
  13 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 25, 2016
    Instead of top soil use a good potting mix and bone meal.Check the ph level of your soil it should be at 6.0 or so before you plant.Tomatoes are heavy feeders so I would fertilize with a time release granular every 10 days or so until the plants are fully established and producing fruit.
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    • Dfm Dfm on Feb 25, 2016
      @DORLIS egg and banana allergies in this house...don't drink coffee either....
  • Lourival Takao Konishi Lourival Takao Konishi on Feb 25, 2016
    Hello, Why not produce your own substrate? I believe that you have enough space to make compost. Do a search on google and you will see that it is easy to get a good substrate for your garden. (sorry, by google translator :) )
  • Jerry Toombs Jerry Toombs on Feb 25, 2016
    I own two tillers and will sell both this year because of this!!!!! No digging, tilling, weeding, hassle! People all over the planet are reaping HUGE crops with almost no work....AFTER building this system.
  • Micolo Micolo on Feb 25, 2016
    chicken guano yo! a couple shovels full mixed into a wheel barrel full of clean soil provides ample growing medium.
    • Dfm Dfm on Feb 26, 2016
      @Micolo thought about that but my chicken crazy cousin has passed away last spring, her hubs and son relocated to a farm in Wisconsin.
  • Dianne devoll Dianne devoll on Feb 25, 2016
    We had to live in a town house for two years so I learned to grow everything in window boxes and big pots. Now we have 7 acres but because of the beauty of having pots on the deck, I continue to grow everything but watermellons and gourds in the big plastic pots. My husband drills a hole in the bottom, I paint them bright colors on the outside, then we have a load of mushroom soil delivered every two years and fill all the pots from that. Also change out all houseplant soil every two years, Once the dirt is in, I start planting. Usually have to cull baby plants once they start growing. I put all the herbs in planters on the deck rail. It is an ideal arrangement, easy to water and so pretty. We save some of the left over soil for new projects, covering it with a tarp, then spread the remainder in flower beds or lawn. Once you buy mushroom soil, you will never want anything else. In Pennsylvania I had a raised bed of several varieties of tomatoes growing in mushroom soil. At the end of the season I didn't pull out the spent plants. The next spring I had tomato plants volunteer and they had cross bred. And... in Allentown we have below freezing temps and quite a lot of snow. Mushroom soil is fabulous!
  • DORLIS DORLIS on Feb 25, 2016
    Start a compost pit and as it ages, add to your soil
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    • Dfm Dfm on Feb 26, 2016
      the moving company has a list of what it loads and what has to go by private transport...they wouldn't take the tumbler because they couldn't find a way to keep the barrel from moving in trasit. didn't want to clean up a mess or get sued for a dammaged goods. didn't matter that it was cleaned a scrubbed. it was "on the list"
  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on Feb 25, 2016
    For indoor potted plants I personally would not use outdoor soils. For that I use store-bought potting soil I buy in a 40 lb. bag from Menard's. (DO NOT USE BAGS WITH fertilizer in it like Miraclegrow.) Using a large plastic bin (or wheelbarrow) I mix 1/3 soil, 1/3 soil perlites and 1/3 peat moss. I mix this well and use for indoor plants. For outdoor plants that are in a pot in the short term (for the summer for example) I will use compost soil that I have made myself. I have a compost pile where I toss garden greens, kitchen scraps (no meat or bones) and other organic materials and after a year it is soil. I mix that soil with well composted horse manure(I get from a friend farm) and that makes great soil for my outdoor plantings.
  • Heather Heather on Feb 25, 2016
    Coffee grounds tomatoes love it
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Feb 25, 2016
    if you got a pet dog. he is your best poop friend. Your coffee grounds are a must, your blender/juicer is now your garbage disposal because all disposal food is now garden mulch food, and get yourself some worms.. yes worms. you can get them at some garden centers or order them online, (vermiculture/vermicultivating) they last forever, aerate and fertilize the soil...and you got bait! go fishing!
  • Pau2679084 Pau2679084 on Feb 25, 2016
    Get 1 or 2 compost bins, drop-in every food, cuttings, twigs, grass and compost in bins, allocate yourself time allowing time and one will the best soil ones garden will ever need and less smelly & mice/rats around ones home. GOD Bless.
  • Rich2481 Rich2481 on Feb 25, 2016
    we use regular potting soil and mix coffee grounds in it,, our tomato's seem to love it.
  • Jmd2407335 Jmd2407335 on Feb 25, 2016
    Don't know the answer to your question but I do know where you can find out. Call your local Cooperative Extension Office. They will be able to help you with that and more.
  • Jane Harriss Naus Jane Harriss Naus on Feb 27, 2016
    I have two recipes for you: Tomato Fertilizer Mix 3 c. Compost 1/2 c. Epsom Salt 1 Tblsp Baking Soda 1/2 c. Powdered Milk Potting Soil 1 part Peat Moss 2 parts Compost 1 part Sand 1 part Vermiculite I usually start seeds or small seedlings in the Tomato Mix & then make my own Potting Soil for potted plants. When planting in huge beds (raised beds/ground) I top every two weeks alternating with Compost & Tomato Mix. Hope this helps!
    • Dfm Dfm on Feb 28, 2016
      @Jane Harriss Naus just sorting seed packets and trying to decide which tomatoes to plant- i usually do heirlooms, and need seed starting supplies....looks like all i'm missing is the's on my list! thank you!