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I'm interested in making my own container soil for some potted citrus and figs as well as something that'll work for other house plants. I've heard of Al's Gritty Mix. Does anyone have a mix that's worked well for them over a several year period?

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These seem decent but will they be long-lasting? – Tim Clymer Jun 19 '11 at 23:40
I use a mixture sold at a gardening shop, I think they are okay. – lamwaiman1988 Jun 20 '11 at 1:09
I made $2 breathable pots out of chicken wire and burlap. Supposedly good for aeration. Make a cylinder of the chicken cage wire, weave together with galv. steel wire. Make 4 cuts at equal distances on one end. Fold like a you would a cardboard box without tape. Line the interior with burlap or cheap fabric and pin it using the galv. wire. Sewing the bottom box-fold is optional since the weight of the soil will hold it, but if you need to move the pot... – Enjoys Math Jun 16 '12 at 21:57

Below is a good general purpose container soil mix formula I've heard mentioned on a few different gardening podcasts that I listen to:

  • ⅓ sharp sand
  • ⅓ screened high quality top soil/loam
  • ⅓ high quality compost
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I can never agree sand...there are industrial sea sand and river sand. If mistaken, the cons will be serious. And people just can't distingush them by looking. I will suggest perlite and vermiculite. – lamwaiman1988 May 24 '12 at 2:29
Stupid question: Which is the good one? I'm pondering making my own soil and I have the pacific at my doorstep. Is rinsed sea sand good or bad? And why would it be bad? Isn't it just for aeration and silicon? – Someone Aug 29 '14 at 1:36

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