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New Gardener with questions on soil mix
May 16, 2013 - 10:27 am

Hello I'm new to this forum,

I have decided to reduce my dependence on my mali and do some gardening myself. I want to repot a few plants & start growing a pot of chillies and coriander. I have a few questions about soil, I hope a more experienced gardener on the forum can help me.

In previous posts re potting mix there are mentions of vermiculite, perlite, different kinds of compost, coir products. I have always supplied my mali with traditional red mud, sand, manure, coco peat and vermicompost - becos I have access to them. Does no one use sand anymore?

What ratio should I mix the above to achieve 'well drained soil' for planting herbs?

What ratio should I use of what components to make a seed bed for chilli and coriander seeds?

Is there a general mix that one should use to repot flowering plants?

I have heard it said that vermicompost used in repotting burns the roots of the plants and should only be added on top a few weeks after repotting. Anyone else have this experience?

After repotting, can I reuse the old soil for a different plant? How do I improve it before reuse?

Sorry if these questions seem so basic, but I am starting from scratch with a lot of ingredients, but no knowledge on how to use them

Hope someone can answer me.

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May 17, 2013 - 7:35 pm
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You need not use Vermiculite/Perlite. You can very well grow all the veggies without them and you can get good results. The ratio you can use is 1:1:1 of Red Soil, Compost and Sand. This mix suits for all vegetables and flowers as well. Vermicompost can be added instead of compost or else mix compost and Vermicompost in equal proportions. It will not burn the roots. It had never burnt so far. 


Old soil, since it would have lost nutrients, best is to add more compost to it and use instead of using directly.

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May 17, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Thank you for replying and for the info. Could not find a single site with this basic information, so it is very helpful.

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