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Soil recipe question........

Posted by dancinglemons 7B (My Page) on
Mon, May 28, 12 at 3:06

Hello all,

Here is what I have leftover:
1. 3cuft bale of Sphagum Peat
2. 2cuft bag of pine bark mulch (not fines but pretty small)
3. 1-2 gallons perlite
4. 1/2 bag PermaTill (tiny rocks)

That is it and I am wondering if I can throw all of it together in a bin and mix it to use in containers (NOT SWC). I will of course be adding fertilizer and dolomite to this mix. I won't be getting anymore perlite until July so more is not an option.

What does anyone think??


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RE: Soil recipe question........

dancinglemons. a more useful plan might be to keep the components in their separate containers and 'custom blending' a mix to suit the plant when that time comes.

RE: Soil recipe question........

Your mix would be about 60% peat, which is similar to many bagged mixes, but it would have less perlite than they do, so it would hold a lot of water. You could do it, but I think you'd be better off using half or less of the peat. With that much peat, you could get very compacted soil if you expose them to a lot of rain. What do you want to plant in the mix?

RE: Soil recipe question........

Thanks one and all. I would probably put the resulting mix into a container for either peppers or herbs (oregano, basil and others). I think I will take the good advice and use only half or less of the peat. THANKS!!!!!


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