Today I am showing you an easy no hassle potting mix. It is a 3-2-1 mix which refers to the proportions of the ingredients. There is 3 parts garden soil, 2 parts sphagnum peat moss and 1 part compost. This recipe is for a 10 gallon (23 liters) batch.
A simple no hassle potting mix doesn’t have to be complicated. You can use a 3-2-1 mix as a starter for your own homemade compost and enjoy the benefits of easy, no hassle soil for your seedlings. The 3 parts garden soil to 2 parts sphagnum peat moss and 1 part compost recipe is enough to make 10 gallons (23 liters) of soil that is ready in 3 days.
When you pour your newly made potting mix into a new container, give it some time before planting seeds or starting plants. Let the mixture rest for at least 3 days to ensure that all ingredients are fully mixed together. This allows the ingredients to settle down and create a good foundation on which your seeds will grow without any fuss.
3 Cups Garden Soil
- 3 Cups Garden Soil
Garden soil is the foundation of your mix and should consist of loam, silt, and clay. Loam is a mixture of clay, sand, and organic matter. Loam holds nutrients and moisture while providing good aeration for plant roots. Most natural soils are made up of loam (although gardeners will always say that their soil could be better!). Silt is the middle-sized particle in a mix: bigger than clay, but smaller than sand. Silt particles do not hold nutrients very well, but they help to improve drainage and aeration in your potting mix. Finally, clay consists of tiny particles with high levels of macro-nutrients such as calcium and magnesium; however it generally does not provide good drainage or aeration for plants due to its fine texture. For this reason you should use as little clay as possible (or none at all) when making your mix. When you’re buying garden soil make sure that it’s labeled ‘loam’. If it’s labeled ‘topsoil’, check that it’s high quality topsoil (with no stones or other unwanted materials). Garden soil should have a moist consistency—not overly dry or soggy—and it should be sterilized before adding to your potting mix so any pathogens are killed off.”
2 cups Sphagnum Peat Moss
2 cups Sphagnum Peat Moss.
Peat moss is a lightweight material that holds moisture, which makes it an ideal addition to your mix. It’s sometimes referred to as sphagnum moss because sphagnum is the genus of peat moss. Sphagnum peat moss is also used for improving soil structure in gardens and can be mixed with other types of soil.
Because peat moss does not have any nutrients or minerals in it, you need to add these elements yourself to ensure proper growth for your plants or seeds.
1 cup Compost
1 cup of Finished Compost. The compost you use should be finished, dark and crumbly, smelling like earth. Don’t use fresh compost straight from the pile because it is not decomposed yet and may still be too acidic for plants. Compost is what you get when organic waste decomposes over time into a rich soil amendment that adds nutrients to your potting mix. It’s made by microorganisms that break down kitchen scraps, leaves and other green or brown organic matter (no meat or dairy products) into humus-rich soil.
Mix all ingredients together in a container and allow to sit for three days before use.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a container and allow them to sit for three days before use. Don’t mix in any fertilizer or lime into the potting mix; this recipe has every nutrient your plants will need. Also, try not to use too much peat moss and avoid using garden soil that has too many rocks in it.
If you prefer to make this with a larger quantity, use the following ratio: 4 1/2 cups garden soil, 3 cups peat moss, 1 1/2 cups compost. For a 20 liter batch use 8 cups of garden soil, 5 cups of peat moss and 2 1/2 cups of compost. Allow it to sit for 3 days before using it. Use any method to water it, I prefer overhead watering as this will ensure that all particles are mixed well together when thoroughly watered.
- For a smaller quantity, use the following ratio: 2 cups garden soil, 1 cup peat moss, 1/2 cup compost.
- For a large batch, try this ratio: 4 1/2 cups garden soil, 3 cups peat moss and 1 1/2 compost.
- Allow it to sit for about three days before using it.
- Use any method to water the mix. I prefer overhead watering as this will ensure that all particles are mixed well together when thoroughly watered.
- You can make this mix into a seedling mix by adding horticultural vermiculite (1 cup of vermiculite per 2 cups of potting mix).
If you are planting seedlings into the potting mix, add just a little more compost so that it is 4 parts soil, 2 parts peat moss and 2 parts compost. Using this mix has worked well for me and I hope that you have success with it too!
We recommend adding more compost to the mix if you are using this for planting seedlings. This is because seeds need more nutrients and moisture to grow. So if you are planting seedlings, add a little more compost so that it is now 4 parts soil, 2 parts peat moss and 2 parts compost. You can use it as a regular potting mix for all other houseplants! Using this mix has worked well for me and I hope that you have success with it too!If you’re like me, you love your plants, but you don’t have a ton of time to make sure they’re being properly cared for. That’s why I’m sharing my No Hassle 3-2-1 Potting Mix recipe. This mix is ready in just three days, and all it takes is 3 parts compost, 2 parts coconut coir, and 1 part perlite, in addition to 2 tablespoons of slow-release fertilizer or organic plant food per gallon of potting mix.
To start this process off right, use a hose attachment to sift through the compost and remove any clumps that are too big for your pots (about the size of a golf ball or smaller). You should also pick out any large pieces of wood from the compost pile before adding them to the mix. The goal here is to make sure that you aren’t going to choke out your plants’ root systems with large hunks of uncomposted material.
After that, add all three parts into a wheelbarrow or other container large enough to hold your mixture. Use a garden fork to fluff up the mixture and make sure everything is well combined. Next, add in the slow release fertilizer or organic plant food, and stir again.
Hello, fellow plant lovers! We’re back with another super simple recipe for a no-hassle potting mix that’s ready to use in just three days.
You’ve probably heard of the famous “2-1-1” potting mix: two parts peat moss, one part vermiculite, and one part compost. It’s easy to make, sure; but it takes, like, forever to break down all the ingredients and get them ready to use.
That’s why our team has come up with a new version of the 2-1-1 mix that boasts three parts compost and just two parts each of peat moss and vermiculite. The result is not only a no-hassle way to create your own potting mix (with ingredients you probably already have in your backyard!) but also an amazing solution that gets you on your way to planting in just three days.
In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to make your own 3-2-1 potting mix—and we’ll give you some tips on how to get the most out of this awesome product!
Let’s talk potting mix—and how you can DIY without a hassle.
The best thing about gardening is that it’s so accessible. You don’t have to have any prior experience, knowledge, or even tools to give it a go. And when you’re just starting out, one of the easiest ways to build your confidence and learn by doing is by making some simple potting mix for your first plant babies.
Why stop at one? Give it a try and watch yourself become a plant parent pro!
How do you make your own potting mix? By following our simple 3-2-1 formula: 3 parts soil, 2 parts perlite, 1 part peat moss. You can also add some organic fertilizer into the mix—it’s up to you!
What are the benefits of making your own potting mix?
-You get full control over what goes into your plants’ soil. It’s cheaper than buying pre-made mixes—and if you’re on a budget, that’s a huge plus! Easy to find ingredients mean that anyone can do this. It’s satisfying to make something with your own hands, so why not give this a try?
So let’s get started! Here are the steps required:
Are you a plant parent that has heard all the hype about DIY potting mix but don’t have the time to make your own?
We know that sometimes you need to keep it simple. That’s why we put together this recipe for an easy, no hassle potting mix that will have your plants thriving in as few as three days.
All you need is three ingredients…
Do you have a potting mix recipe that works for you? This is ours—a no-hassle way to get your plants off to a great start.
The 3-2-1 refers to the ratio of ingredients by volume to use. The numbers are in parts, so if you’re using a gallon, 3 parts would be three gallons. If you’re using a cup, 3 parts would be three cups. Simple!
3 Parts Compost
So you’re an amateur gardener. Maybe you’ve got a few plants in the house. You’ve got some tomato plants out back. Or maybe you’re experienced, and your entire backyard is a vegetable garden. Either way, we all have one thing in common: we want our plants and vegetables to flourish!
Unfortunately, no matter what kind of gardening you do, sometimes it’s hard to get the mix just right for your plants to thrive—especially if you don’t have access to expensive potting mixes, and especially especially if you don’t have time for complicated recipes that involve a million ingredients.
That’s why I’ve created the 3-2-1 Potting Mix recipe. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it works wonders on all kinds of plants! You probably already have everything you need in your backyard, too—so get ready to get digging!
Sometimes, you just want to plant your seeds and watch them grow.
You don’t want to spend hours prepping soil, sterilizing buckets, or mixing your own potting mix.
If that’s where you are right now, we have a solution for you!
Try our 3-2-1 Potting Mix Recipe:
3 parts compost
2 parts perlite
1 part vermiculite