Thanks, Al. I looked at Lowes and Home Depot. I live about an hour and a half from Memphis. I'll try to go in the next week or two.
Is Evergreen Soil Conditioner the same as Pine Bark Fines? I looked up Pine Bark Fines and the definition said it was also called soil conditioner. I think this could be it. I looked at a bag that had some spilling out and it looks just like the photos I've seen.
Clint...Evergreen Soil Conditioner is pine bark fines...it seems it different parts of the country there are different names applied. Crushed granite is the same as chicken grit found at any feed store. It comes in two sizes called "starter" and "super" which is really turkey grit. Turface is the same as the non clumping kitty litter. Can be found at Walmart in the orange bag. A lot cheaper than ordering Turface...hope this helps you and takes some of the mystery and cost of finding these products.
Well, just wanted to let you know Al, results are already coming in on my experiment with your potting recipe for my semps.
I planted in both your recipe and just plain Miracle Grow potting mix. No surprise to you I'm sure, your recipe wins hands down. The plants in pots using your mix are much more vigorous, producing more offsets and just all round doing better. I even amended my newly planted raised bed with components of your recipe.
The plants in the MG are not doing all that well, the peat bases mix dries out to fast or stays to soggy when there is a lot of rain.
I am a believer now, but I have to say I had some doubts. All for not.
Thank you Al.
I can see how it would work with those plants. For me the mix dries out too quickly. It dried out so quickly that by the time i got home from work all the plants were wilted and near dead. I used all I had left for some cactus and succulents. I did learn a lot from this experiment.
I have found that the Turface is holding some moisture but not soggy, the succulents do beautifully in this mix. I was surprised how much moisture it retains. I also planted my Adenium in the same mix. They are doing very well.
Name: Alma Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
riceke wrote:Crushed granite is the same as chicken grit found at any feed store. It comes in two sizes called "starter" and "super" which is really turkey grit. Turface is the same as the non clumping kitty litter. Can be found at Walmart in the orange bag.
Are you sure "crushed granite" is as fine as chicken grit? In this part of the country it's also known as 1/4 minus, granite with pieces as big as 1/4 inch but mostly fines.
When you say Turface is non-clumping kitty litter, do you mean the old-fashioned clay litter? Like the original Johnny Cat?
I am doing so badly with succulents and the like that I really need to make my own 'soil'; I just want to be sure I do it right.
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