511 mix or raybo 3-2-2 for peppers
I have 3 half wine barrels (each barrel can hold 30 gallon or 4 cubic foot ) that i plan on growing numex peppers in (sandia and big jims). 4 plants per barrel.
I have been hearing great things from Al Tapla, Greenmans', and Raybo's mixes. I've decided this year to test them out. Would love to hear feedback and tips. Here is what i have so far.
left over peat
granite (tri city rock, granite yield was 70% if you scoop from the top of the piles, fines tend to be at the bottom)
fir bark (osh pathway bark, tri city rock bark fines, yield about 60%)
I screened the turface, napa dry, granite in insect screen to remove dust.
I screened the bark through 1/8 hardware cloth found at OSH. I know i screened it for gritty mix but i can throw the bark fines in for 511 mix?
could i use 5 parts bark, 1 part turface/napa dry, and 1 part granite?
would there be any hydropohobic issues or moisture retention?
or 5 parts bark, 1 part peat, 1 part granite?
1 tbsp dolomitic lime for each gallon of mix, wait one week for it to be reactive.
Raybo 3-2-2 mix:
I think Raybo uses 3 parts potting soil (sunshine mix), 2 parts bark, 2 parts perlite
I can probably use miracle grow, bark, and sub perlite for granite?
I couldn't find Raybo's fertilizer source:
"I am using a Simplot product called "Landscape Color". It is a 14-14-14 CRF like Osmocote, but it also contains several Micros such as Cu, Mg, S, Fe, etc. While Osmocote costs about $4.00 per pound, the Landscape Color costs about $0.80 per pound in a 50 pound bag."
I think i will try this fertilizer that advetises micros, anybody have any experience with this?
I think the gritty mix would be great as well but it would cost too much, i did test out that mix on a jade plant a neighbor gave me and yesterday transplated some peppers into it. (the green stuff is mg crf, which i prob didnt need as it has no micros and i am using FP)