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Homemade Potting Mix - No Coir, No Peat Moss. Possible?

 
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Hi everyone.

This question has been on my mind for a while and would love to get some ideas.

When I've made my own potting mix before (for ginger and sweet potatoes), I used 1/3 coconut coir, 1/3 sand and 1/3 compost, and got good results.

However, since the coconut coir I got was imported from Sri Lanka, and coconuts don't grow locally, I was hoping to find a local material to use. Any thoughts?

 
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Go under a dense thicket of leafy trees, pull back the light layer of leaves and get what is under that.
 
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Hi Wayne, thanks for the reply. That would be "leaf mold", is that right?

I could probably also do a DIY version by keeping some leaves moist in a container for a year or so?
 
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