DIY Potting Soil: 4 Recipes Potting Mix To Make Any Plant Thrive

One size doesn’t fit all! Make these quality mixes at home and watch your veggies, flowers, and fruits shine.

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DIY Potting Soil: 4 Recipes Potting Mix To Make Any Plant Thrive

The secret to your gardening success may just be your potting soil.

As any seasoned gardener knows, one type of potting soil certainly doesn’t fit all.

The trick is to tailor your mix to your specific plants so they receive optimal nutrition and thus reach their full size and, in the case of veggies, flavor potential.

Here are 4 DIY potting soil recipes to meet almost all of your planting needs.

1. SEEDLING MIX

DIY Potting Soil: 4 Recipes Potting Mix To Make Any Plant Thrive

Use this mix for—you guessed it—starting your seeds.

  • 2 parts compost
  • 2 part peat moss or coir
  • 1 part perlite

2. SOILLESS MIX

DIY Potting Soil: 4 Recipes Potting Mix To Make Any Plant Thrive

A soilless mix works well for many indoor cacti and succulent plants.

  • 1/2 cubic yard Sphagnum peat or coir
  • 1/2 cubic yard perlite
  • 10 pounds bonemeal
  • 5 pounds ground limestone
  • 5 pounds bloodmeal

3. CLASSIC SOIL-BASED MIX

DIY Potting Soil: 4 Recipes Potting Mix To Make Any Plant Thrive

This classic mix is a safe bet for most plants.

  • 1/3 mature compost or leaf mold, screened
  • 1/3 garden topsoil
  • 1/3 sharp sand

4. PRICK-OUT MIX

DIY Potting Soil: 4 Recipes Potting Mix To Make Any Plant Thrive

‘Pricking out’ is gardening lingo for separating out the little seedlings from the large sturdier ones and transplanting them into their own individual containers. This soil mix works best for growing those seedlings to transplant size.

  • 6 parts compost
  • 3 parts soil
  • 1-2 parts sand
  • 1-2 parts aged manure
  • 1 part peat moss, pre-wet and sifted
  • 1-2 parts leaf mold, if available
  • 1 6-inch pot bone meal

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