Cooking Up Some Dirt

Whether you're starting a window garden or putting planters on your patio, you'll need nutrient-rich potting soil.  Here's an easy recipe for mixing up a batch ... and saving a bunch.

  • In a 4-gallon bucket, combine equal parts garden soil, peat moss, perlite and compost.
  • Then add a half-cup of lime and a large handful of bonemeal.
  • Stir the mixture until each component is entirely mixed in.
  • Then sift it through a sieve with a half-inch mesh.
  • To sterilize it all, nuke the soil in a microwave for five or six minutes or bake it in an oven for half an hour. (Just make sure your kids don't think it's apple crumble.)