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- How to mix your own soil
- What benefits you get from it< /li>
- and what you have to pay attention to
If you want to personalize your grow experience and provide your plants with a targeted mix of nutrients over the long term, simply mixing your soil yourself is worth a try. This approach allows you to bring your very own touch to the cultivation and makes you independent of the offers on the market. On this page we will explain how you do this and what you need to know.
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Grow soil mix yourself - what are the advantages?
Many growers swear by mixing their own soil. What benefits can you expect from home-mixed soil?
- Home-mixed grow soil is very nutritious and does not need to be fertilized. Especially when the plants have to grow unattended for a long time, it makes sense to use nutrient-rich soil (of course you can you can also just buy it).
- Over-fertilization is not possible, at least if you follow the recipes of experienced growers (you can read more about this below).
- 100% organic is easy to achieve. Pre-mixed commercial soil is often (not always) enriched with mineral fertilizers. If you want to do without it, you either need pre-mixed organic soil or mix your soil yourself.
- You have full control. It is your soil, which you put together and mixed yourself have. So you can assess what to expect and react quickly to any problems with the cultivation.
Your self-mixed compost grow soil is a very good basis for creating a natural and intact soil climate in which useful creatures and other helpers for symbiotic relationships with your plants can thrive. At the same time, however, this also means that self-mixed soil makes more sense for outdoor grows, since a really intact soil climate can only exist there.
If you grow your plants indoors, you can recreate a section of a natural soil sphere as best as possible - but you will never achieve a 1:1 copy. As an example: You probably don't have earthworms or larvae in your pots (or at least you shouldn't) ;).
Important: Home-mixed soil shouldonly be used for growing and flowering stage. It is too nutritious for tender cuttings.
What do you have to pay attention to?
Of course, there are downsides to using homemade soil that you should know about.
This doesn't necessarily save you money compared to premixed soil. You can actually only save if you can get at least some of the components used from somewhere for free.
Even if you only buy the smallest packs of the individual components (e.g. with worm humus), mixing it yourself is only possible economical from a certain minimum target quantity. As a guide, we estimate approx. 100 L.
Your self-mixed soil cannot be used directly. You should prepare them two to three months before use and then leave them to ferment in a dark and cool environment. So note the long preparation time!
Our recipe for a healthy earth
You will find many different sustainable soil mixing recipes online - many of which are recommended. At Grow Guru we have had the best experience with the following mix:
You will need:
- 4 parts base soil consisting of plant residue, mulch and wood fibers < li> 4 parts compost
- 1 part perlite granules to create proper drainage
- 1 part lime to regulate the pH value
- 1 part worm castings, horn meal and horn shavings (i.e. a mix consisting of equal parts of the components mentioned)
Once you have everything together, you have to mix the components well. You then pack up your new mixture, create a few air openings to prevent mold growth and store the soil in a dark and cool place for two to three months.
During this time, the microorganisms can do their job and Prepare your self-mixed soil for use on your plants.
That's all - you see, putting together a sustainable soil mix yourself is not difficult at all. We hope we were able to help you and wish you lots of fun gardening!
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