Did you know that soil is living?  Once I learned about all the living things in soil gardening became more real for me and my plants grew better too.  In this post, I am sharing one of my favorite homemade potting soil recipes.

It’s All About The Potting Soil!

handful of potting soil

Below is my win-win recipe for a big batch of potting soil you can use in containers and raised beds.   I have been mixing up this recipe since 2009 when I got my first greenhouse.

Homemade Potting Soil Recipe

  • 5 gallons sphagnum peat moss
  • 1/4 cup limestone
  • 3 gallons vermiculite or perlite
  • 4 gallons compost

If you don’t do compost you can use garden soil from a garden center.  It is cheaper to mix up your own big wheelbarrow full of this recipe to grow your garden each new season.


Check This Out

There are a few different ways I like to mix up my soil depending on the project.  You know I love my extension offices across America so be sure to check out this useful link at Penn State with some great tips about soil. Making your own Potting soil can be super easy!

Books I recommend About Soil

There are many great books out there that I recommend that talk about soil.  The best gardening books have at least one chapter on the soil.  Here are a few of my favorites that I find myself referencing on my own personal garden journey.

  • Understanding Roots by Robert Kourik
  • Practical Organic Gardening by Mark Highland
  • The Complete Idiots Guide to COMPOSTING by Chris McLaughlin

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