Homemade Potting Mixes for tomatoes?

ejh805(8b)July 6, 2012

Hi all!

I'm trying to prepare for next year, have already got 5 20 gallon nursery containers and a 20 gallon smart pot (one of those aerated things).

Because pre-mixed potting mix/soil can be so darn expensive, I was hoping that some of yall could point me in th direction of how to mix my own. I can't make my own compost or anything like that because I live in an apartment.

The ferts I've got on hand are osmocote, fish emulsion, nitrogen sticks, bone meal, and some kind of tomato fertilizer that looks like colored salts. I dont know what it's called but it comes in a bright orange box.

So far this year, I'm growing husky cherry red tomatoes in a 9 gallon pot, hungarian hot yellow wax peppers in the same size, thai hot peppers in a 5 gallon, and a bunch of different herbs. The herbs I all used a gritty mix, and for the toms/peppers I just used miracle gro mixed with perlite. But with the volume of medium I'm going to need next year, I doubt I can throw down enough to fill my pots with just miracle gro and perlite, seeing as the cost stacks up really quickly.

And with the heat down here, I know the gritty mix would start rejecting water very fast.

Thanks in advance,


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Also, I'll be using one of the pots for banana peppers and thai hot peppers. I want to transplant my current peppers plants to a larger container so they will be bigger and healthier.

How many do you think I could fit into a 20 gallon nursery pot without causing problems?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 5:16PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

The 5:1:1 mix is usually costs less than half what commercially prepared mixes costs and works very well. Start investigating at the link below.


Here is a link that might be useful: More here

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 8:28PM
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