Making your own potting soil and garden soil is nowhere near as hard as it sounds. This mix is a general soil in which most plants will thrive.
What I found by using this formula is healthy plants and an abundant harvest. In addition, it doesn’t cost a lot of money to put together.
Mulch is available at home improvement and garden stores. Some municipalities offer it free at different sites- you pick it up and haul it home. Tree removal services in my area have no problem dumping it in my front yard at my request, and of course no charge. A few months wait, and I have dozens of cubic yards free to use.
You will need:
• 2- cu. ft. hardwood mulch
• 1- 40 lb. bag top soil
• 1- 40 lb. bag coarse sand
• 1/4 cu. ft. peat
• 1/4 cu. ft. compost
• wheelbarrow or tarp to mix the ingredients in
Gather the ingredients and place them together in one place, using the wheelbarrow. This will eliminate having to walk back and forth.
Spread out the tarp and empty the ingredients in a pile. Do this on a non-windy day to keep things from blowing away. If it has rained before you plan to mix and the ingredients were out in the elements, give them a chance to dry first so they’re not so heavy.
Pull the corners of the tarp one at a time, until the ingredients start to mix. Return the corner to its starting place. Pull the other corners one at a time, until the pile is mixed. Use the shovel, taking care not to go through the tarp.
Fill outdoor containers with this mixture and begin planting. Make sure that pots for trees or bushes are in place first and take the soil to them. These planters will be heavy. For plants that need less acid soil, leave out the peat. For plants that need more, like blueberries and roses, add more.
• For a less heavy mix for indoor plants, replace the topsoil with compost and use vermiculite or perlite for the sand.
• Worm castings and additional compost are perfect soil food for plants.
• Wear a paper facemask or a bandana across the mouth and nose when mixing if you’re prone to allergies or react to dust.
• Be careful not to try to carry all the bags at once with the wheelbarrow to avoid back injuries.
• Fill the desired pots gradually and do not try to lift. With the topsoil, they will be heavy.
• Move the filled pots by first removing as much of the soil as possible, then safely placing the planter on a hand truck. Do not water before moving the planter. Once in place, replace and amend the removed soil and water well.
Use your new mix to start trees, garden beds or grow just about anything your décor needs.