Al, Help - small bark (I think I have a mental block)
I have good amount of small pine bark available.
I already asked question about this but I am not sure if I am getting it. Here is your answer:
If you screen it over insect screen, it should be ok in the gritty mix, or use it by mixing it into the 5:1:1 mix. If it's well composted, I think I might consider using it as a slightly smaller fraction of the gritty mix. For instance maybe a 2:2:1 bark or a 3:3:2 bark.
Your recommended ratios above (2:2:1 bark or 3:3:2 bark) - which number is for the bark (you always list bark as first ingredient FWIR - but I read this as bark being the last digit)
*My bark is composted, I would think little more than 'partially' & not totally 'fully composted'.
*Bark is 1/8" and smaller than 3/16". (I screened some thru the sieve just a fraction of mm bigger than insect screen.)
*You mentioned before that:
So far, in the thousands of different plants I've grown, I've really only found one plant that seems to prefer the 5:1:1 mix over the gritty mix, and I have no idea why that might be true. The plant is Scilla violacia or leopard lily. Everything else I've had in the gritty mix has always done noticeably better than in the 5:1:1 mix or other heavier soils.
I wouldn't mind making one mix. (This would be for ornamentals, not for veggies. For veggies I probably would use 511).
*I have some perlite available, have 1/4" chicken grit, some floor dry leftovers (but can get more of it or Turface.) Any other ingredients, additives.
For fert, I use MG 12-4-8 with micros, liquid.
If you can suggest what would be in your opinion best mix using this bark, it would be greatly appreciated.
Josh, Mike & anybody else pls. chime in.
I try to research before asking, have read thru numerous postings & don't like wasting anybody's time...right now I am little stuck.