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Homemade Potting Soil: Why Use It?

Updated on March 28, 2010

Homemade potting soil is something that many people have read about or seen that people use before. What some people might not realize is that homemade potting soil has many benefits that they can enjoy for a wide variety of reasons. Here are some of the benefits that I have found by using my own homemade potting soil for use in my garden during the summer growing season.

The first benefit that I have found using homemade potting soil for my garden is that depending on the size of the batch that you are making or going to be using the cost per pound or cup whatever measurement that you are using is generally cheaper when compared to the store bought potting soil. Even if you have to purchase the items that you are going to be putting into your potting soil it can generally be cheaper just not as cheap. If you use some of the items that you have around your home though the cost is going to be much cheaper and lower in cost.

The second benefit of using homemade potting soil is that you can make the blends of your homemade potting soil specific to whatever plant that you are growing. For example your rose bushes that you are growing requires a different soil mixture than a cactus because of the environment that they live in. So you will be able to make your own homemade potting soil to the recommended blends for your plants rather than purchase a generalized brand or special blend from the store.

The third benefit of utilizing homemade potting soil is that you will know exactly what is going into the potting soil. Since you are making the blend yourself you will be assured of what materials that you are putting into it and know the exact mixture. Which is really nice because then you will be sure that no other foreign objects had entered into your homemade potting soil.

While many people might not realize that you can have numerous benefits of homemade potting soil you will probably enjoy having these benefits around after you discover how easy it can be to make your homemade potting soil. I know that some people think that making your own homemade potting soil is a very complicated task, but like many of the things that confront us in our daily life if you put forth some effort the task of making homemade potting soil is not as complicated as you first think it is and can be a very enjoyable task.

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    • Isabellas profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Ohio

      Jayjay, I love my compost pile! Last year I had pumpkins grow wild out of my compost pile! Talk about an unexpected surprise got some huge (30lbs or so) pumpkins that I didn't even have to plant!

    • Isabellas profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Ohio

      You are very welcome Betsy.

    • BetsyIckes profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I remember my mother use to make homemade potting soil. Nice to read this. Thanks for sharing.

    • jayjay40 profile image


      8 years ago from Bristol England

      I agree with everything you have written. Home-made potting soil and compost is the best for the garden


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