Creating Your Own Veganic Potting Soil

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Most likely, any potting soil you buy at the big box stores will have some form of manure in it. I guess it’s possible you can find some mixes that don’t include manure but it’s rare. That’s why for my own peace of mind I always just make my own mixes. There are many veganic ingredients that can be used in potting soil mixes.

Coconut Coir – This is the eco-friendly alternative to peat moss. It’s the shredded husks of coconuts. It comes in compressed bricks that expand many times their size into fluffy fiberous bits when soaked in water. It’s kind of like those magic growing capsules you might of played with as a kid. These are easy to ship so can easily be ordered online if you can’t find them locally.

Worm castings – Yes, they’re considered vegan but this has to be researched carefully because you will need to know what the worms were fed and most likely it’s manure. It’s almost impossible to be sure so I make my own.

Compost – Any well aged compost will work but of course it can’t contain manure.

Pine Bark – This can be used to add bulk to help fill larger containers cheaply.

Perlite – When you need a well draining and airy soil use this.

Sand – Use this to add extra drainage. Be careful what sand you use. I used construction sand in a couple of my raised beds once and the sand was infected with root knot nematodes, anything growing in those beds looks pathetic now.

Kelp Meal– A good source of nitrogen, potash and trace minerals. Use this sparingly.

Rock Dust – Contains minerals and trace minerals. Use this sparingly. Think of this as a multivitamin for your plants.

Green Sand – Another good source of potash and trace minerals. Use this sparingly.
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Here are some basic recipes for soil mixes to get you started.

SEED STARTING RECIPE
Coconut Coir 2 Parts
Perlite 1 Part
Worm Castings 1/2 Part
Green Sand 1/4 Part
Kelp Meal 1/4 Part

REPLANTED STARTS
Coconut Coir 2 Parts
Perlite 1 Part
Worm Castings 1 Part
Green Sand 1/4 Part
Kelp Meal 1/4 Part
Rock Dust (Optional)

BASIC CONTAINER RECIPE
Coconut Coir 2 Parts
Perlite 2 Parts
Pine Bark 1 Part
Worm Castings 1 Part
Green Sand 1/4 Part
Kelp Meal 1/4 Part
Rock Dust (Optional)

  • E Kotoff

    Are all these ingredients available at a nursery or a home improvement store?

    • myvegangarden

      Some of it yes, but some you may have to look online, Amazon is a great place to find some of it.

  • z0f0draz .

    Would you need to compost the pine bark first? Ill be concerned about the carbon nitrogen imbalance.

  • vegancookbook

    Good question, Z0f0draz. Pine bark doesn’t suck up nitrogen like pine wood chips would.