found that darn 3/8" sieve

terratoma(7a)June 10, 2013

There have been some past posts about the difficulty in finding a 3/8" sieve to use when screening pine bark for the gritty mix. Following the advice from a post, I located one. Since I had been screening the bark using 1/4" and 1/8" screens, I was curious to find how much additional 'usable' bark I would get using the new sieve.
I had been getting about 11 quarts of 1/4"-1/8" bark from a 1 1/2 cubic foot (44 quarts) bag of Jolly Gardener. Of the remainder, 19 quarts were too small and went through the 1/8" screen, while 14 quarts exceeded the 1/4" maximum. Needless to say, I was really pleased to find that 8 of those 14 quarts went through the 3/8" sieve, increasing the 'usable' amount to 19 quarts. Not bad for a $3.00 bag of soil conditioner. Will happily share the vendor's name and particulars regarding the sieve with anyone interested.

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Sounds great Terratoma, shoot me the info


    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 8:26PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Enjoy your new darn 3/8 sieve :-) and good luck.


    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 7:56AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

I would like the info too!

May screens are 1/4 inch and insect. Works great. But still interested in your info. Thank you!!


    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 5:13PM
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Hi! I've also been searching for a good 3/8 soil sieve to accomplish the bark sifting to make Al's gritty mix and am also using soil conditioner. I would love the ordering info so I can buy myself one. (I live in Boulder, loves gardening but am an amateur and am trying to grow a rubber plant, some philodendrons and some succulents).

So impressed with Al Tapla, he is so amazing. I feel like I've gained so much from his garden forum posts. I wonder how to say thank you properly. Do people send him gifts? The man is so incredibly open and generous with his wisdom. What benevolent guy!


    Bookmark   September 18, 2014 at 11:43PM
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Is there some reason you can't just post a link, or the name of the manufacturer/supplier?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2014 at 5:16PM
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"bump" - still wondering if you could post the information about where you got the screening ...

    Bookmark   September 29, 2014 at 3:48PM
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