I went to Lowes today to buy pine bark and perlite to add to the peat moss I already own so that I could make the 5:1:1 mix.
After spending 20 minutes wandering inside and out, and filling my cart with more plants than I care to admit to, I still couldn't find the perlite anywhere.
I asked an employee outside, they said, "Perlite? I don't think we... MERLE! Do we have something called perlite?" (It wasn't really "Merle," that's just the name I use when telling a story where one employee yells to another employee). "Merle" said to check the inside garden area. So I did, and they didn't know what it was in there, either. I'm tellin' ya, we've got the worst Lowes!
After I left, with my car too stuffed with foliage to turn around and go back, I had a little memory. I think...
Is perlite the white stuff we were told to use UNDER the above-ground pool liner at my last house? If so, back then we were told in the pool-supplies area to get it from the gardening area. Maybe now it's in the pool area??? What gives?
I'll go to Home Depot this afternoon and test their knowledge. I need more pots now anyways.