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Finished my first herb grow. Found at the soil smelled bad...

Posted by Keyboarg none (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 5, 13 at 22:00

at the end. This normal or bad? How can I prevent this from happening again?


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RE: Finished my first herb grow. Found at the soil smelled bad...

Smelly soil generally means it is too wet and has gone anaerobic. Did your herbs actually grow in these conditions or are you describing the soil after sowing?


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RE: Finished my first herb grow. Found at the soil smelled bad...

Agree that it indicates the growth of anaerobic bacteria and their by-products. That usually results from over-wet soil kept in a warm, low oxygen environment.

But to know for sure we'd at least need to know the brand of potting mix used - hopefully it wasn't actual soil (dirt). Some of the so-called "organic" potting mixes contain some ingredients (composted manures) that can smell quite bad when kept too wet but the odor goes away once it dries out well.

Dave


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RE: Finished my first herb grow. Found at the soil smelled bad...

It was fox farms ocean something


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RE: Finished my first herb grow. Found at the soil smelled bad...

Fox Farm Ocean Forest Potting Soil is generally regarded as a growing medium, not a seed starting medium. It contains earthworm castings and bat guano, among others things, that can easily go anaerobic if kept too wet. To prevent it in the future cut back on your watering substantially and increase the air circulation in the growing area with a small fan or such.

Dave


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RE: Finished my first herb grow. Found at the soil smelled bad...

Thanks


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