Frustrated, & Confused on Al's 5-1-1
I give up! I am so frustrated and confused I am ready to quit.
I thought I would try these mixes for my potted ornamentals this year. Since they are getting such rave reviews. Remembering that I live more than an hour from the the nearest town I need some advice.
I have always put my ornamentals into Miracle grow potting soil. I read here, (hundreds of messages) that I maybe should do the 5-1-1 mix and 1-1-1 mix (for succulents). So I went shopping, I wasted hours looking for pine bark, even in bags that I could screen, no luck, the nearest I found was bags orchid bark. I got 2 screened them and ended up with less than 1/2 of one that was within the right size range. Now what do I do with the rest?
I wasted more hours looking for "Turface" no luck, I see Napa carries something that is a substitute. But I am NOT going back to town for at least 2 weeks. And I have pots to plant NOW! And I am on a tight budget, I have already spent more $$ than I had budgeted.
SO using the products I have on hand, how would you guys suggest I move forward?
ON hand I have:
2 bags of miracle grow potting soil (purchased a couple months ago)
2 bags of Perlite
1/2 bag of screened Orchid bark sized under 1/2"
1 1/2 bags of screened Orchid bark over 1/2"
1 bag of granite poultry grit (what do I do with the screenings left over?)
1 bag of lime
1 bag of cactus soil (left over from a previous project, I intended to use for my succulents)
1 container of "Soil Moist" (I usually add this to my dry pots)
I will be planting Geraniums into some hanging baskets, that will be located in a hot dry location. (this is where I usually use the soil moist)
The other pots will hold various Dahlias, Succulents, Geraniums, Begonias and some herbs. Some of these will be in full sun, a few in shade. Some are hold overs from last year and are already in pots.
I really wanted to get this done by today, but I guess I will wait another day or two. It's going to get down into the 30's the next few nights anyway, so I don't want to put them out yet.