LIVING SOIL RECIPE. DIY. Make your own soil. Use this for seeds, seedlings, up-potting, and transplant into the garden. 


– 2 Five Gallon buckets full of loose peat moss.
– 1-1/2 Five gallon buckets manured compost. 

***See below for examples*** 

– 1-1/2 cups garden lime (optional (increases pH))
– 3/4 cup Epsom Salt.
– 12 cups of Perlite. 
– 1-½ cups of Diatomaceous Earth
– 1 cup Bloodmeal (for nitrogen)
– 1 cup Bonemeal (for Calcium and Phosphorous

If you have access to worms, worm castings, or vermi-compost mix it’s a good idea to add this to your soil as well. It will be a constant improvement as the worms continue to eat, digest and breakdown organic matter.

Get Epsom salt at grocery store. 
Diatomaceous Earth on Amazon (food grade)
Get the rest at Home Depot. 

***Manured Compost examples***

Old, dried (horse, cow, steer, chicken, goat, rabbit, or other) manure mixed with vegetable compost, garden trimmings compost, wood mulch compost. Etc. 

We use chicken manure compost we harvest from our chicken pen/compost area.

If you don’t have this option, get steer manure and mushroom compost from Home Depot. Mix half and half to compose the manured compost element of this soil recipe. This is a very important part of the soil as it provides the nitrogen and other nutrition for the soil.

Gregory Eddolls
Gregory Eddolls

My dad once labeled me as border-line brilliant. I still don't know what that means exactly, but that's fine. I have big visions of using technology skills of 26 years combined with 20 years of gardening experience to develop a sustainable model for 365 days a year inside grow systems to be used as a stabilizing force in the food sector at a local level for each community.

I am a Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, I.T Consultant, Gardener, Musician and socialite who enjoys being the center of attention, preaching the gospel from God's prophetic Word, and giving an opinion or 50 on every subject under the sun. I view all through the filter of God's prophetic Word.

Been happy in Arizona since 1992, with one foray back east to Ohio, hated it...but loved the people. But too many people. Life should be simpler. More agriculture. More time to make your own food. Prepare your own food.

Gardening in Arizona is more challenging than other more humid areas. And requires a bit more help to maintain abundance in the desert. This is my vision for all who care to embrace it. Grow your own food or help others who grow it, so you are connected to it. Back to basics. Food, Water, Shelter, God. Let us follow His purpose for our lives.

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