Finally attempting gritty mix
Hello all. First i would like to thank everyone on this forum for helping those of us who are new learn so much. It would have taken me years to learn this much through trial and error, if ever! :-)
So, i have been on a great quest for gritty mix ingredients for a while. Here is what i have finally came up with.
1. Besgrow orchiata classic (1/4-3/8), special thanks to mike for showing us this in his thread
I had to order this online. I looked and looked, finally gave up looking for a local, cheaper source of bark. It was this or reptibark. I liked the look of this stuff better, and I think it was cheaper over all. 25.00+ shipping for 40L. If you're interested, go to www.acadianwholesale.com and give them a call. They had no problem shipping to me as an individual after they verified there was no retail distributor in my area.
This bark required NO sifting. I may have gotten a very small amount out if i sifted it, but to me it wasn't worth it to sift when i had to dig and dig to find pieces that were too small.
2. Manna pro Poultry grit
Very cheap, from tracker supply company. its like 10 dollars for a huge bag. I didn't know if it was going to work, so i got the tiny bag for 6 dollars. I sifted this stuff over an insect screen and got somewhere between zilch, and almost nothing. Just a little dust fell through, and a handful of particles.
3. Napa floor dry #8822 (Diatomaceous earth)
Looked and look for turface, found a source that said they could get it, however its been over a week and it seems they can't get it. If they do finally get it in, i will have another option. :) This floor dry was around 7 dollars. I sifted this over an insect screen and quite a bit feel through. I sifted the whole bag, and over all lost about 10-20% i would say.
And here is the finished product, washed, potted and watered for the first time. I know these are a bit over potted, but i hope that will be ok in gritty mix.
Tomorrow I am going to go get more poultry grit, and i will have enough to mix up about 15 gallons(a lot i know!) and will start changing over our other plants as well.
My only concern in all this is that i feel my particle size may be too small, especially on the Floor Dry. What do you all think about its size? If i need to, i can get a different screen tomorrow and re-sift the floor dry before i mixed up the rest.
So again, thanks to everyone for the inspiration to do this!
This post was edited by smishgibson on Fri, Oct 25, 13 at 21:24