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Seed Starting Soil Slideshow
Using Sphagnum Peat Moss

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Seed Germination Mix

This slideshow covers how to make a simple seed germination potting soil using sphagnum peat moss as the base ingredient.

The finish potting mix can be used for both seed starting and adding ingredients to for making potting on mixes for older vegetable seedlings as they grow their way to transplanting.

Recipe used in this slideshow

  • 1 part Sphagnum peat moss
  • 1 part Perlite or vermiculite
  • Water to moisten

measurements and mixing

All ingredients are measured by volume not weight. When 1 part is mentioned, it can be any size measuring container that is suitable for the amount you are making. Ensure the same sized measuring container is used for all the ingredients in the recipe unless a different size or type of measure is mentioned.

To achieve a consistency in any potting mix it is best to sift the base ingredients through a 1/4 inch (6mm) screen (not the perlite or vermiculite).  Of course it doesn’t have to be a rough looking homemade one like this.

Making your own seed germination potting soil using sphagnum peat moss is very simple and is the safest way to start making your own potting mix. Later as experience and confidence grows this recipe can be added too or some ingredients replaced with alternatives.


Seed Starting Soil Using
Sphagnum Peat Moss

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helpful items

  • Potting Table, bench or Work Area
  • Containers for potting mix
  • Measuring container
  • Garden Sieve
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Vermiculite or Perlite
  • Water

This is your base mixture that can be used to add other ingredients as the seedling grow and are re-potted.

For the next page in this section follow this link to seed starting mix using coconut coir fiber

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