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How to Make Succulent Soil?

This is that time of year again. Where you can start planning your garden and to plant as many flowers and plants as possible.

And, for so many people it is a highlight to visit a nursery to purchase everything you need for your new summer garden.

But, so many people are spending a lot of money on succulent soil. We all know that this is important soil to have in your flowerpots, but you don’t need to spend the money that you have on this soil. Rather spend it on buying more flowers.

With this guide, you will know how to make succulent soil, so that you don’t need to buy it expensively.

How to Make Succulent Soil?

Is succulent soil really important?

When you are planting flowers or plants in a pot, you need to make sure that your soil is perfect. You can’t have soil that is going to let your flowers drown.

This is one of the reasons why so many people are struggling with flowerpots. They have the wrong soil in the pots, and their flowers are getting too much or even too little water.

This is why succulent soil is really important. This is to make sure that your plants are in perfect health. It’s why you should make sure that you are using the right soil.

Purchasing or making your own. Which is best?

Which ones are the best? Making your own succulent soil or by rather purchasing the soil? Most people, especially experts will say that purchasing succulent soil is the best option.

But we don’t really agree. If you know how to make your own succulent soil, there is no need why you should spend a lot of money on purchasing it.

The only thing that you should make sure about, is that you are making your own soil correctly. You want to make sure that the soil is perfect and that the right amount of water will go through the soil. If you are going to make your own soil, you should be sure to know exactly what you will need.

What do you need for making succulent soil?

It is important to know what you will need to make your succulent soil. This is the step that you should not ignore. If you think that you can make your soil, without any of these ingredients, then you are going to make the wrong type of soil, and you are going to end up with dying plants.

The most important things that you should have is these three types of soil.

  • Normal potting soil
  • Coarse sand like surface or poultry grit
  • And, you need to have perlite or pumice

Step by step guide in making your own succulent soil

Now, that you know the three different types of soil that you need in order for you to make succulent soil, you need to know how to make your succulent soil correctly.

First of all, you need to add three parts potting soil. You should put the soil into a large container where you can store in your soil for later use as well. Then, you need 2 parts coarse sand that you are adding to your potting soil.

Last, you will add the perlite or pumice soil. This is only 1-part perlite that you add to the other soil. Perlite is something that you can purchase at most nurseries.

You should mix these soils together, and make sure that it is mixed well. It is also recommended that you should use potting soil that is a high-quality soil. With these ingredients, you will be able to make your own succulent soil that will ensure healthy plants.

Conclusion

You really don’t need to purchase succulent soil, when you are planting flowers in pots this summer. You can use that money to spend it on more flowers. The only thing that you need to know is how to make the right succulent soil.

You don’t want to make it incorrectly. The three soils that you will need are, potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite. The perlite and potting soil should be a high-quality soil that will ensure the growth of your plants.

You can make any amount of succulent soil. You should just keep the amount of each soil you need correctly. Then, you will have the best possible succulent soil, and you won’t need to purchase it at expensive prices.

Can you really make your own succulent soil? And, will it have the same results? This is something that you should consider, this summer. With the money that you are saving with making your own succulent soil, you will be able to purchase more plants and flowers.

If you are making the soil correctly, and mixing it thoroughly, you will have the same results as the purchased succulent soil. You even might get a better-quality soil, if you are making it yourself rather than purchasing it at the nursery. This is a great way to have the best quality soil but at the most affordable prices.

How to Get Rid of Garden Pests Organically

Many pests such as aphids, mealy bugs, ants, snails and slugs eat the plants and cause great damage to the plants. There are different types of chemicals available to get rid of the plant pests, but it is not safe for our health. These powerful chemicals not only kill the harmful insects but also the beneficial insects such as lady bug, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders and honey bees. Also certain chemicals reach our bodies through contaminated food, air and water. So stop using chemicals and try organic methods to get rid of such harmful pests from your home garden.

How to Get Rid of Garden Pests Organically

Slugs/Snails: Here are three organic method to get rid of slugs or snails from your garden. First method, use crushed egg shells and put around the plant soil, this will keep the slugs and snails away from your garden plant and egg shells becomes a fertilizer to your plants. Second method, use coffee grounds around your plants, this serve as an organic fertilizer for your plant as well as it deter the slugs and snails from your garden. Third method, use sand around your plant this will kill the snail and slug ripping its tender body.

Aphids: Introduce lady bugs in your garden, it is the best way to get rid of aphids. Use pepper or garlic spray to get rid from your indoor houseplants. Another organic way to get rid of aphids is to use orange or banana peel. Cut banana peels and put into the garden soil, this will repel and remove aphids from your plant and also adds nutrients to your plant soil. Orange peel has a strong scent which acts as a natural insects repellent.

Mealy bugs: Shower stream of water strongly on the affected plant and keep on repeating this process until you find no sign of mealy bugs. Swab the mealy bugs with cotton saturated rubbing hot pepper or alcohol directly over the bugs, this will help to get rid of mealy bugs from your houseplants. You can directly spray insecticidal soap or hot pepper spray on your plant and after a week rinse your plant with water.

Ants: Orange peel has a natural chemical extracts which repel ants naturally. Diatomaceous earth is the best organic method to get rid of ants from your garden plant. Use cucumber peel ants don’t like to get in contact with cucumber peels. Use corn meal, ants and slugs are very fond of corn meal they eat and die due to indigestible.

Powdery Mildew: Spray affected plants with the mixture of water and baking soda to get rid of powdery mildew from your plants. You can also spray milk or neem oil is the best remedy to stop mildew problems. Apply neem oil or pepper spray over powdery mildew, continue spraying till you completely get rid of them.