Do you have all the ingredients to make your own mix?
I thought I would give you a few photos of the ingredients I use for making my 5.1.1, gritty mix and those in between..
It is hoped that pics of the ingredients will help you to know what to look for..:-)
Fine sized fir bark for the gritty mix and or 5.1.1 mix in which I will sift out the extra bigger pieces.
Orchiada bark for the 5.1.1 mix or the gritty mix perfect in size right from the bag
Pine bark for the 5.1.1 mix or the gritty mix
Oil Dry Absorbent I use in place of Turface for my gritty mix or 5.1.1 mix
Turface I use for the gritty or 5.1.1 mix
Growers size crushed granite for the gritty mix
Perlite course size for the 5.1.1 and or gritty mix which I use to replace granite at times to lighten the mix.
Here they are all together on a plate to show how comparable they are in size
The of course if you are not able to make your own mixes, you could always purchase a 'Fafard MIx', a heavy weight that consists mostly of bark to fill your needs. Here is the 'Nursery' mix in which I just add perlite and comes as close to close 5.1.1 as I can get.
And last but not least, don't forget to have some peat moss on hand for your 5.1.1 if needed.....
Here are two mixes I have made with these ingredients, in particular the gritty and 5.1.1 mixes...You can make so many varieties of good draining mixes with these useful tools!!!