5-1-1 questions and problems?
Finally started making my 5-1-1 after finding what i thought were suitable pine bark mulch bags this week. My plants are coming the end of this week and i have 5-16 inch and 2-22 inch containers to fill. I was sifting the pine bark through an old window screen and i couldnt believe that much stuff came through it (looking at the holes and a big bag of wet bark it seems like nothing would pass through). Also there appeared to be more sapwood than i thought would be in there but i dont think more than 10-15%% by volume. onto the questions.
what is the best way to sift the perlite? when i tried to wet some, it clupmed. the dust was pretty bad when trying to screen.
Is there an easy way to screen the bark? I was rubbing it around the screen, shaking the screen, etc. but it seemed to never stop producing "dust"
i got through about a half a 2 cu ft bag in around an hour, there has to be a quicker way (and i was only screening out the small stuff not the big stuff)
This took way longer than i thought and i only got 1 3/4 small pots full (and my wife thinks i am out of my mind).
The pine bark was wet so doesnt look like much of what i see in the perfectly made 5-1-1 pictures on here (and also was much tougher to screen).
I pulled out as much of the larger size pieces as possible but i cant imagine how long it would have taken if i tried to screen for larger pieces too. I might have to give up and buy repti-bark for my gritty mix. Although expensive, it seems as though it will take hours for the two really large pots that i plan to use gritty in.
any help would be very much appreciated.