Mulch in Wicking System

untiedknotJuly 20, 2011

Hi, I'm getting into self-watering bucket gardening (This design in particular::

I am trying to come up with a cheap soil mix that will be able to wick water vertically. I have lots of good compost and lots of hardwood mulch and cedar mulch. I haven't heard much about amending soil with mulch and was wondering what others think about doing a blend of compost and mulch as my potting mix to grow tomatoes, squash, strawberries, and more.

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can you show a picture of your mulch so we can see the size of it.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 9:04AM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Cedar mulch and hard woods are a no no, they tie up too much nitrogen.
Compost is too water retentive ,keeping it too wet causes root rot. You can use compost but only as a minor part of the mix.

I am sure some gardeners can offer up their proven formulas for grow mix.
something Cheap and something that works well, may not be the same thing. Rememmber it all starts with the mix,investing a few extra $ will be worth it.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 5:44AM
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