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Make Your Own Pearlite

If you need to lighten potting soil, instead of using pearlite you can make your own. Simply grind some Styrofoam packing peanuts in a food processor for a few seconds and add them to the soil.

By Teresa from Ypsilanti, MI

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

if you are trying to make hanging baskets lighter, just put some styrofoam peanuts in the bottom, then put something like a coffee filter on top of that and add your soil. This also saves having to buy so much soil.

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

I think perlite is much safer than polystyrene, and I'd avoid putting any plastics in or even near the garden. Maybe wadded newspaper would work.

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

Peasta the tip was for potting soil which would be used for house plants. I agree with you that I wouldn't use it in my vegetable garden. But I don't know anyone that uses pearlite in their garden either. Perhaps I should have made my tip more clear as to where to use it.

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