How to Make Potting Soil

Overview

Gardeners who do a large amount of container gardening usually spend significant money on potting soil over the course of a growing season. Consider making your own potting soil with quality ingredients instead of purchasing potting soil. Making your own potting soil will not only save money, but it will also enable you to use only the ingredients you wish to have in your potting soil.

Seed-Starting Potting Soil

Step 1

Place two scoops of compost into the large bucket. Add two scoops of peat moss to the bucket. Add one scoop of perlite to the bucket. (Perlite is an organic volcanic glass that improves drainage properties in soil.)

Step 2

Mix the ingredients together well with the shovel until they are fully incorporated.

Step 3

Use this potting soil to start seeds indoors in a seed-starting tray.

All-Purpose Potting Soil

Step 1

Place one scoop of compost or leaf mold into the large bucket. Leaf mold is leaves that have decomposed for approximately two years. Add one scoop of top soil and one scoop of sharp sand to the bucket. Sharp sand is sand with jagged sand grains instead of rounded grains.

Step 2

Mix the ingredients together well with the shovel until they are fully incorporated.

Step 3

Use this potting soil as an all-purpose potting soil for potting annual flowers, vegetables and houseplants.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Scoop
  • Shovel
  • Gardening gloves
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Leaf mold (optional)
  • Topsoil
  • Sharp sand (aka builder's sand)

References

  • Potting Soil
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