Garden Tip: How to Make a Soil Mix

By The Hollyhock Garden. Posted on May 19, 2020 in Stories + Recipes

Gem, one of our stellar gardeners, demonstrates how to make a soil mix with compost, peat moss, vermiculite, lime, and water. We use this mix for all our seedlings and transplanting starts. The plants love it!

Hollyhock Soil Recipe

  • 2 five-gallon buckets of 1 year old shifted compost
  • 1 five-gallon bucket of sifted peat moss
  • 1/4 cup of dolomite lime to neutralize ph
  • 1/2 five-gallon bucket of fine vermiculite (medium vermiculite would also work), wear a mask
  • Sprinkle water as needed and mix thoroughly

Note that the use of peat moss and vermiculite has some sustainability concerns, and we are considering alternatives. Dried alfalfa, cocoa-shell, coir (coconut dust), perlite, sharp sand, sawdust, shredded hardwood bark, and wood chips are some possibilities. Do you have a successful soil mix recipe that you’d like to share with us? Post in the comments below!


Feature photo credit: Andrea Fisher
Video credit: Ayton Novak

  • Dan Rubin

    Many fond memories of visits to Hollyhock and my friends there, especially the garden. Sailing in and anchoring offshore then rowing in to attend a concert by drummer Ola Tunje and friends among them. Best to all on Cortes Island!

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