Wild Abundance's Seed-Starting Soil Mix

| 4/6/2016 2:56:00 PM

Tags: seed starting, healthy soil, spring, garden planning, Aiyanna Sezak Blatt, North Carolina,

Time to get those seeds started! This year save some money, be more sustainable and, instead of buying potting soil, consider mixing your own with this nutrient-rich recipe cultivated by Natalie Bogwalker, the founder of Wild Abundance and the Firefly Gathering.

Every spring, Bogwalker uses this soil recipe for seed starts on her seven-acre homestead and permaculture school, which teems with life, wild edibles, and garden-grown food. Every seed needs a good start to reach its potential, and this potting soil blend is tried, tested, and easy to make at home.

How to Make a Soil Mix for Starting Seeds

You will need:

• 1 cubic foot of pre-hydrated peat moss (or 7 shovel full) or you can use coconut coir as a substitute for peat moss, which is a much more sustainable, though not quite as easy to use of a product.
• 1 cubic foot of compost, homemade is best, but commercial is an option too (7 shovels full)
• ½ a cubic foot of perlite (3.5 shovels full)
• ½ cubic foot of vermiculite (3.5 shovels full)
• ½ cup of dolomite lime (handful)
• ¾ cup of feather meal, cottonseed meal (cotton is grown with lots of chemicals, so we tend to avoid cotton seed meal), or other slow release fertilizer (a full handful), Though we are fans of using urine to fertilize plants, we tend to stay away from it for starts that are being raised indoors.  The smell can become rather unpleasant)

Rich potting soil made at home 

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