Using upper peninsula hostosol soil in potting mix

Asked July 1, 2020, 12:32 AM EDT

I’m trying to build soil for a raised bed indoors and I’m wondering if I would be able to extract some histosol soil from the upper peninsula from the escanaba river state forest and mix it with some amendments and maybe 50% histosol muck and 25% airation Maybe native rock 12%compost and 12% coco coir. Wondering if This would be viable for a vegetable garden raised bed and if so any suggestions on amendments and soil building with this histosol muck

Marquette County Michigan

1 Response

Hello,

Creating your own potting mix can be done with various materials you mention. However, I don’t know if removal of soil from public lands is allowed. You will have to check with the U.S. Forestry management.( https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethics/permit.shtml )

All soils and other components vary in their amounts of organic matter, specific nutrients, etc. From your list of components, it sounds as if you would need to add fertilizer. You can experiment with your mix, or have it soil tested to determine what you end up with in the final product. You could also,have the muck soil tested on its own.

https://homesoiltest.msu.edu

Here are some discussions on making your own indoor mix including percentages of traditionally available components, which you can convert to you specific substitutions-

https://www.canr.msu.edu/uploads/234/42615/January_2016.pdf

https://extension.psu.edu/homemade-potting-media

This link describes muck soils in Michigan used in soilless mixes commercially.

http://geo.msu.edu/extra/geogmich/histosols.html

If you need something more from us, please let me know and I will try to find someone to help.