Discussion in 'Organics' started by petert, Mar 14, 2017.
i usuallly mix box sand in mine too, it hold water and or moisture in soils
@petert u might wanna look at the above post i made for npk ratios organically
Sand has a very low CEC. If you want to retain moisture add peat or mulch. This will free up 5% of your mix to allow for things your soil/plants/microbes want and need. I would also rec to the OP to get some gypsum in there.
I saw that and I will! Thanks! I'm also having my final mix tested by a lab in Portland, they do a complete analysis for $40 and tell you exactly what your plants might need in the way of nutrients.
if they don't have an ingredients list and a soil test results don't get it and make sure the batch you buy is what they deliver. I got burned buying so called soil from a landscape supply place be careful.
I'd also be very careful before I filled up 50, 100 gallon pots. $30 a yard is ridiculously cheap. I got really bad soil delivered one year and it wasn't just a matter of what it needed to be amended with, the compost portion was super hot and really whacked out a bunch of our garden.
haha going by that, there isn't a single soil to be bought in all of mid-europe.
(which in fact, is quite true - I've been taking samples from store soils, and my results are very, very sad.)
Yeah. I wasn't checking a price list of another supplier that provides a list of ingredients and test results and its way more $$.
I'm now looking seriously about recycling, amending last yeArs soil.
Thats what i do, its saved me a crap load of $$$ over the years, i think i spend a year maybe $10, for just regular stuff that i mix into the old stuff...
Take that $40 bucks and get last years soul tested in PDX. Then you'll have a good roadmap of what you need. Throw your results up here and I'm sure the soil junkies could help you get it doctored as cheap and easy as possible
I took my soil sample in to Grow Organics yesterday!!
I think it'll be worth testing before and after I amend!
killer hope it works out for you
Perfect man. I look forward to getting your results. Did they give you a timeframe? For $40 you can't beat it. I'm about an hour from pdx, did you send it or drop it off?
I dropped off at my local shop in Hood and they send it out. They said 7-10 days return time. 7-10 days
They recommend the amendments on the bottom of the first page!
good reading https://www.maximumyield.com/recipes-for-success-building-your-own-organic-potting-soil/2/1006
Numbers look okay. I would up the gypsum from their rec cause Cal and sulfer are glaringly low. I assume most of your calcium is in carbonates?
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