Acceptable sifting method for turface?
Hello all -
I have in the past sifted turface MVP by placing a small amount inside of insect screen - twisting the top closed and then rinsing the screen with a garden hose to wash away the fines.
I have several plants in the gritty mix that are doing well.
After I wash the turface I place it into a large container to dry (rotating frequently)
I am curious is this is an acceptable way of doing the job?
I have noticed if I put the washed/dried turface back into the insect screen some material (doesn't seem like a lot) still will pass through when shaken in the filter. - But I am guessing this may still be the case if sifting the material dry through a filter (i.e. hard to get every little bit out - unless you have a lot of time for sifting). Don't have the leaf blower idea as an option.
Also, when I water (if not fertilizing) I put the pot under the water faucet and soak. After soaking I tip the pot to get extra water out -- which there does seem to be a lot to drain out. Tipping the pot and draining makes me think perhaps I have not removed enough of the fines? -- Since tipping and draining is one way Al T gives to combat the PWT problem in peat based soils. However, I have also noticed that even after tipping to the point that there is really not much water coming out I can still find "extra" water in the drain plate a short while after watering -- making me think I have removed enough of the fines so that the mix is behaving as expected.
So, it may also be that I have removed enough fines and I should just allow the pot to sit longer in the sink to drain excess water without the need for tipping and then allow the "extra" water to come out on its' own.
Just thought I'd inquire here about the method I used to sift as it seems to work well for me and I will need to sift more soon.
So, I guess my bottom line question is will I have a significant perched water table doing the sifting by the method I described?