Mike - Finally bought Bark Fines from Agway

prairiemoon2 z6 MAApril 28, 2014

Hi Mike, you suggested to me that I could find Bark Fines at the Agway near me and we finally managed to get out there and buy some. I brought it home and mixed it up according to Al's recipe and just wanted to check to make sure I have the right product and that my mix looks right. I used 5 parts of Bark Mulch 'Chips' to 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite.

Can you tell me if this is the product you suggested? And does my mix look right? My camera is not taking close ups too well, sorry.

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Here is the photo of my soil mix using that product. Does this look right?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 7:25AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Looks pretty good!
Did you screen the bark to 1/2 inch, and did you add Dolomitic Garden Lime?


    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 11:14AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Nope. Didn't know I was supposed to do that. So do you mean using like a piece of hardware cloth with a 1/2 inch mesh and sifting it? And why do I need to add Dolomitic Lime? Is that regardless of which plant you will grow in it?

I would imagine that with this mix, it will drain well and without soil, the plant will need more fertilizer than in other potting mixes? I normally use Fish Emulsion/Seaweed Fertilizer, or Espoma which is a granular organic fertilizer. Are both of those going to work and how often do you have to apply fertilizer with this mix?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 3:08PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Yep, that's the first thing that needs to be done with bark: sifting it with a 1/2 screen/hardware cloth/grate of some kind, in order to remove the biggest pieces.

The Lime should be added 1 Tablespoon per true gallon of mix made. Blueberries are the only plants for which the Lime is regularly left out. I don't think I Limed the mix for my Chainfern, either.

Fertilize according to the directions on the product package.


    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 4:55PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks Greenman! :-)

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 6:58PM
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