Issues with Al's 5-1-1 mix
I've made an attempt at Al's 5-1-1 mix for outdoor containers for my vegetables.
The issue I have is that it seems to hold A LOT of water. The pots have holes drilled every inch and a half or so
I had issues sourcing pine bark fines, so I used shredded pine mulch from Arnt's Garden Supply and sifted by hand as best as I could
After raining every other day, the pot pooled with water
After 4 days of sunshine, the top of the mix was dry, but the bottom of the mix was still soggy
Is it possible to save? I'm close to switching over to Pro-Mix HP + 25% Perlite; need to save my tomatoes!
5 parts shredded pine mulch
1 part sphagnum peat (Premiere Horticulture)
1 part perlite
bit of dolomitic lime
The attached picture is of the mix from the bottom of my container after 3 days of no rain - still incredibly soggy
Also - how much lime should be added to the mix? What's a good rule of thumb? I have a cheapy Wal-mart aquarium pH kit (using a liquid tester + test tube) at my disposal
I really want to avoid spending a lot more money on this project, and I really want to believe that I can achieve the success that others have had.