Last Updated on March 4, 2023
Learn what a simple super soil recipe is and grow your plants like a pro with super soil. A simple super soil recipe is the combination of soil in addition to some amendments used to supply optimal nutrients throughout the entire life cycle of a plant.
There are great benefits of using simple super soil such as long-lasting, nutrient availability, it can be recycled, and so on. We will teach you how to make this amazing simple super soil recipe.
Know What a Super Soil Recipe Is
A super soil recipe is a mixture of various soil and amendments that contains adequate nutrients for all the life cycles of a plant. The mixture of super soil requires composting or a cooking process that can last around 1 to 3 months.
The cooking process breaks down minerals and amends the soil from the beneficial bacteria this process produces. These beneficial bacteria create an ecosystem that will coexist with the root of your plant root system.
How to Make Simple Super Soil Recipe
Making simple super soil recipes is pretty easy. Just follow our guidelines and make yourself an amazing super soil.
Below are the recipes required for making a simple super soil recipe for a 90-gallon soil:
- 6 by 8 tarp to hold soil
- 5-gallon bucket
- Grow green filter water
- 2 bags of base soil, root organic which contains lots of beneficial ingredients
- Half a cup of dolomite
- A quarter cup of azomite for trace elements
- Half a cup of Epsom salt
- 1 bag of coco coir
- 5lbs bone meal or fish meal for phosphorous
- 3 cups of kelp meal for feeding the microbes
- 15 to 20lbs of organic earthworm castings
- 2 bags of regular potting soil
- 1 bag of perlite to help with soil aeration
Steps to making a simple super soil recipe
Go ahead and set up all your ingredients and let’s begin.
Get your 5-gallon bucket and pour in the bone or fish meal, azomite, Epsom salt, dolomite, and kelp meal and mix them all up. Set the mixture aside. Now, get your tarp and spread it on the floor and pour out your organic base soil and add the earthworm casting. Add some perlite to help with soil aeration and mix them nicely and evenly.
Get the mixed ingredients in the 5-gallon bucket and spread them on top of the mixture of earthworm casting and root organic. Add the regular potting soil and coco coir. Next, go ahead and mix with a shovel.
Grab your hose and sprinkle about 2 gallons of water. Make sure not to saturate the mixture, just wet it. Grab your shovel and mix.
Once you’re done mixing, you can transfer the mixture into 3 different 30 gallons buckets and allow it to cook. In this cooking process, the bacteria and fungi start breaking down amendments of the super soil. This process allows the nutrients in the soil to mix readily available for your plants.
Depending on how long you wish to grow your super soil, the cooking process can take around 1 to 3 months.
If you’re looking at growing just flowers, you can simply cook your soil for about a month. However, if you want to grow an entire seasonal crop, we recommend composting or cooking your super soil recipe for the full 3 months.
When the process is completed, the final product is available to be used for outdoor or indoor cultivation.
Benefits of Using Super Soil
The benefits of using super soil include:
- No extra maintenance, all you need do is water your plant weekly.
- No stress of continually adding nutrients because super soil already contains all growing nutrients required throughout the life cycle of your plant.
- Super soil is great for both indoor and outdoor growing use.
- Super soil can be reused and reconditioned every season. Thus it saves you the cost of buying or building new soil from the scratch.
- You will enjoy a long-lasting garden effect.
Organic Super Soil Recipe
If you’re looking to make your own organic super soil, then look no further. It doesn’t require too many ingredients and it’s super easy to make. For this organic super soil, you’ll need the following products:
- 8 bags of organic potting soil
- 3lbs rock phosphate
- 3/4 cup of Epsom salts
- 25-50lbs of organic worm castings
- 5lbs of bone meal
- 5lbs of bat guano
- 5 lbs blood meal
- 1/2 cup azomite
- 1/2 cup dolomite
- 2 tablespoons of humic acid
Then all you need to do is add all the ingredients together and leave it for at least a month, for the best results. Once you’re ready to use, be sure to use this soil at the bottom. And watch the magic happen to your plants.
How to Make Your Own Living Soil
Making your own living soil doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re unsure what living soil is, it’s simply soil that’s full of life. For example, you’ll usually find earthworms, fungi, arthropods, and many more within the soil and they make the nutrients that will help your plants to thrive. So how do you go about making it? Let’s take a closer look.
The first thing you need to do is have a solid starting base. The best way to do this is with 1/3 aeration, 1/3 peat, and 1/3 compost. Once you have your base mix, you can begin adding the nutrients that will help your plants to thrive, these are very important.
You should use around 1/2 per cubic foot of soil of whatever nutrients you’d like to add. I find that either a fish meal or crustacean meal works best, or you can use a mixture of both. As well as this, you may want to add micronutrients too; such as worm castings and kelp meal.
Taking a look deeper into your living soil, you’ll also need to provide a calcium-rich environment. While it’ll already contain some calcium, I’ve found that it simply isn’t enough. Adding ingredients such as lime and rock phosphate can be really beneficial to your soil.
For your living soil, that’s all you really need. However, for the most important part, you’ll need to leave your soil to sit for at least a month. It should be kept moist during this time. This gives the soil time to optimize and will allow for best results.
The best thing about this soil is that you can use it again and again. However, every time you harvest, be sure to add extra compost of worm castings. This is so the soil can be renourished and will be just as effective as it once was.
It’s also worth mentioning that minerals are important to add to your soil, I typically use equal parts rock dust, basalt, and gypsum for best results.
There are many recipes you can follow, but this is one of my personal favorites:
- 1/3 peat
- 1/3 aeration
- 1/3 compost
And then for every cubic feet of your soil, you’ll need the following:
- 1/2 cup of kelp meal
- 1/2 cup of crustacean meal
- 1/2 cup of neem meal
- 4 cups of minerals, using the guide above
Bottom Line: Simple Super Soil Recipe
The bottom line is making a simple super soil recipe is a great thing if you want long-lasting nutrient availability for your plants. Your plants will enjoy a lifetime nutrient supply and you won’t have to worry about adding extra nutrients.
Follow our guidelines and make yourself an amazing super soil recipe. We hope you found our post on the simple super soil recipe helpful. Happy growing! Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making your own simple super soil? If so, please feel free to let us know in the comments below. And remember, sharing is caring!
Eunice is an enthusiastic gardener with a passion for growing beautiful flowers. She loves nothing more than spending time in her garden, tending to her plants and enjoying the outdoors. Eunice has been gardening for over 15 years and has developed a unique style of landscaping that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. She is especially fond of growing roses and enjoys experimenting with different varieties and colors. Eunice takes great pride in her garden and often shares the fruits of her labor with friends and family. In her spare time, she enjoys reading gardening magazines and attending local horticulture events. Eunice is passionate about her hobby and is always eager to share her knowledge and experience with others.