pine bark fines questions
1. Can pine bark picked up in my yard or taken off the trees be cut up and used for pine bark fines if cut up enough?
2. Is this fine enough?
3. Just introduced to this forum and Al's 5-1-1 mix when looking up best soil to use for my $1.49 tomato plant that I hoped to grow in a container. I haven't begun my search for all the ingredients, but am shocked to read that my beautiful compost nor my huge bag of potting soil with slow released fertilizer are not considered appropriate. The cost of the appropriate ingredients is daunting. Thought these pieces of pine bark might be step one in the process.
Thank you in advance to anyone that has the time or inclination to answer.