Custom-blended soil mixes are crucial to any greenhouse. Peat moss added to soil increases its water-holding capacity. Perlite is used to make soil light and airy and to enhance soil drainage; it also adds water-retaining properties. Coarse sand adds heft and enhances soil drainage. Vermiculite, Perlite, Soil Additives, Soil-less Medium, Soil Pellets, Potting Mixes. We stock a variety of growing medium & soil that will help your plants grow. Although, the perfect growing mix doesn’t have to contain soil at all! Shop our full selection of growing medium & mixes for every type of gardening. Your greenhouse growing can be twice as successful with half the trouble if you follow these suggestions, including those on soil, air, light and space, food and water, insects, and temperatures.
A backyard greenhouse can provide a stable, warm environment where plants can be grown all year. They can also be used to get a jump start on the growing season, where plants, like tomatoes and peppers, are planted early and later moved out to the garden. Whatever your reason for wanting a greenhouse is, you can have years of enjoyment from it. The recipe we use is:
Green House Soil Recipe
Green house soil:
1. The soil should be a loam, with a mixture of particle sizes (sand, silt, clay).
2. It should contain a moderate amount (15 – 20%) of very-well-decomposed organic matter.
3. It must not contain pesticides, especially herbicides.
4. It should be soil that has been aged (preferably for 6 months or more) under moist conditions and not, for example, fresh potting soil, soil that contains fresh manure, or soil to which a commercial fertilizer was recently applied.
5. A slightly acidic soil derived from granite or other igneous rock is preferable to soil obtained from calcareous soils. Calcium carbonate can be added to the soil water medium when it is prepared if a slightly alkaline medium is required.
6. Particulate matter in the soil such as gravel, Perlite, or vermiculite are not necessarily damaging but can be of considerable nuisance when wishing to quantitative the amount of soil used in the medium or when handling algae that are physically associated with the soil. Particulate organic matter, such as compost that is only partially degraded, should be avoided altogether.