root veggies hate my soil mix...help!
The soil mix I use is listed below....
NOTE: I've never added sand to the soil mix listed below. When I say sand I DO NOT mean sandy dirt in the ground. I mean normal sand.
If I were to add sand to the soil mix listed below, would it cause it to dry out too fast? It already dries out fast as is (it's been designed for absorption, so as not to create water logged plants, roots with wet feet, etc.). I don't want the sand to make it dry out MORE quickly.
If adding sand, how much?
1 batch makes 30 gallons
2-3 cubic feet pine bark fines (pine bark mulch)
5 gallons spaghnum peat moss
5 gallons perlite
2 c fertilzer (I use Osmocote; it's a pelleted dry fertilizer designed for container gardening)
2 c dolomitic lime
All my other veggies love this soil mixture. Unfortunately I've had problems with growing root veggies,with this soil mix.
I'm not saying there is anything wrong with it, root veggies just don't like it for some reason; they don't bulb...or form spindly roots not even big enough to eat.
I'm considering adding sand (normal, run-of-the-mill sand) to this mix. I'm NOT referring to sandy loam (sandy dirt) on the ground. I'd be adding sand to this soil less mix, in an attempt to mimic loam.
I've never tried the soil mix above with sand mixed in. I don't know if it will work. Will adding sand to the existing soil mix create a mix that root veggies like more?