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using MG Moisture Control instead of peat for 5-1-1

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 10, 14 at 9:49

If I use Miracle Gro moisture control as my "peat" portion in a 5-1-1, are there any changes I need to make?

1 - since it's "moisture control" will that affect anything, or is the quantity sufficiently small that it shouldn't matter?

2 - pH - since the MG mix is already pH balanced around 6.5ish, should I back off a tad on the lime (since natural peat is much more acidic)? Furthermore, I'll be growing trees in containers (for future in-ground planting), most of which are native to acid-soil regions (like Eastern US native oaks, maples, conifers, etc), so should I err on the more acidic side anyway?

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RE: using MG Moisture Control instead of peat for 5-1-1

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 10, 14 at 16:06

Use it as the peat fraction if you like. Backing off slightly on the lime makes sense, too. That's prolly what I would do.


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