Soil generally looks the same, especially if it’s in a garden or a pot. But if you want the best soil for your garden, it’s important to understand the distinctions among these 3 basic soil types:
- Topsoil: This is the top 8 inches of garden soil before adding organic matter. It can have many different textures.
- Garden Soil: This is organic soil, rich in nutrients from past plants. It contains decaying matter, beneficial bugs, and drainage stones.
- Potting Soil: Garden soil and potting soil serve different purposes. It contains peat moss, perlite, and organic compost. Don’t use bad potting soil that can damage your soil.
A good soil is the most important factor to consider when beginning a garden, whether it is an outdoor or indoor garden. Making your own garden soil at home is a great way to better cater to your plants’ specific requirements. Here’s how!
1. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE GARDEN SOIL?
It’s easy to make your own garden soil, and we’ve written down the steps:
You don’t need a lot of stuff to follow this tutorial. The following is a list of what you’ll need to start.
- ¼ compost
- ¼ native soil
- ¼ sphagnum peat moss
- ¼ pumice stones/rice hulls/lava rocks (for aeration)
- Neem/Karanja cake
- Kelp meal
- Crustacean meal
- Glacial Rock Dust
- Oyster Shell Flour
- Soil testing kit