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Any way to drasticly improve bagged potting soil without bark?

Posted by doomahx 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 26, 13 at 6:14


I was hoping to make 5-1-1 for my vegetables but unfortunately it doesn't seem like i will be able to get any bark except reptibark this year. I had no problem finding gritty mix ingredients but it's all used up for my perennials. My choices for potting mix this year will be limited to Fafard organic potting mix and Fafard professional potting mix.

Fafard Organic potting mix
Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Pine Bark, Perlite, Organic Wetting Agent

Fafard professional potting mix
Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Aged Pine Bark, Perlite

Unfortunately i cannot find any percentages or ratios for the components but i will assume each has too much peat moss. Right now i'm leaning towards the pro mix mainly because of the mysterious "organic wetting agent" in the organic.

Is there anything i can do to improve this potting soil effectively without bark fines? Would adding reptibark and more perlite be an option?


I should have mentioned that i don't have access to composted bark fines in the title but i can't edit it.

This post was edited by doomahx on Fri, Apr 26, 13 at 6:35

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RE: Any way to drasticly improve bagged potting soil without bark

Repitbark or perlite are definitely options, although the more expensive options as compared to pine bark. the pine bark mulch doesn't have to be composted. Mine isn't. Just hate to see you spend a fortune.

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