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Make your own

It's that time of the year again, the time to plant! I can't tell you how excited I am to see our vegetable seedlings popping up in windowsills all over our home. It's also been fun to head into town to purchase a few new perennials (like lavender) that I'd rather not start from seed. Unfortunately, I only had seed starter soil at home. I needed to find some potting soil quickly for the many pots we plan to fill. As our numerous seedlings mature, they will need to be transferred to larger pots as well. All of this means huge amounts of potting soil. Frankly, pre-bagged potting soil is expensive. It is also filled with tons of chemicals you don't want absorbed into your potted vegetables. So, what to do? Find a more affordable way to make your own.... In this story I will show you how! 🌱

Snow pea seeds saved from last year's bounty start sooner when soaked on a wet paper towel...

"Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers... or you can grow weeds."

-Unknown

Let's begin...

Recipe: 2 parts* peat moss 1 part sifted compost 1 part perlite 1 part vermiculite You can purchase compost in large plastic bags at your local garden center, or you can save money and make your own! The process is fairly simple and I won't go into it here... But as you garden over time, and if you have the space to do so... You will soon see the benefits of having your own compost pile. *a “part” can be anything you like– a measuring cup, a coffee can, a five-gallon bucket, etc. It just depends on how much potting soil you want to make.

We usually make our potting soil in small batches using a 5 gallon bucket. Simply use an old plastic cup to measure out your "parts" & mix, mix, mix! It's easier to stir the components in small quantities. One good thing to remember here, if you are filling a large planter be sure to fill it in the place you plan to leave it. Hauling huge pots filled with heavy soil can be backbreaking.

Be sure to keep your soil evenly moist with a watering can at the ready...

So there you have it, making potting soil is quite simple really. Think of all the containers you can fill with vegetables and flowers! No space is too small or too large to fill with lots of potted plants. They're sure to brighten your mood each morning as you wake up, and each evening as you come home from work. You should never be too busy to cultivate something and watch it grow.

"The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.

-Vita Sackville West 1892-1962

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