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Not sure if there's a pest in my soil!

I had potted some garlic to grow recently, and yesterday when I lifted the pot to clean under it, the soil seemed to look like pest excrement, of some sort. Here is a picture. Can someone help me ...
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Garden Soil Mix

First time gardener her. The wife and I decided to get our thumbs green and give veggies a go. We are going to be growing in buckets and garbage cans, and a few potato sacks. I was investigating ...
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Should ProMix potting soil absorb water slowly?

I used to use Miracle Gro potting mix and it always absorbed water quickly and passed it through the pot. I recently purchased ProMix potting soil to grow some vegetables and I'd like to figure out if ...
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Can I approximate bonsai potting soil with regular commercial ingredients?

I have a bonsai ficus that may need repotting; however, I do not have any specialized bonsai soil, and in the pandemic environment I'm not sure I could get hold of any. (I know the nearest nursery is ...
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Can we use coco and peat moss at same time?

As a soil mix, is it wise to use both coco peat and peat moss to have the good of both the worlds? Since some plants requires soil to dry out in between watering, peat moss will compact and pull ...
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leaves of Areca Palm is drying after moving to a different flower pot

I had bought areca palm from a flower shop and kept it in the hall, it was flourishing all the while from past two months. Since, it was doing well, I thought of moving this plant into a bigger flower ...
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For how long succulent mix should stay moist?

What will be the acceptable duration of sogginess and moistness for the succulent mix to be soggy and then moist? I thought succulent mix should become dry after a few hours. My succulent mix (...
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Can you substitute Turface for Vermiculite?

I had a recipe for some seedling potting soil that called for vermiculite. I didn't have vermiculite. I did have Turface, so I used it instead of the vermiculite. I figure since Turface & ...
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Does sphagnum peat need to be sterilized for starting seeds?

I have been making my own seedling potting mix, but I have a few questions before I use it. (I posted a previous question about the amount of drainage needed) This question is about Sphagnum Peat. ...
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How much drainage in seedling potting mix?

I made my own seedling potting mix. It has 35% drainage and 65% water hold matter. Now, that I see it, I feel like it has too much drainage. I used roughly the same percentage of as Sungro's ...
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Is Natural Cinder a good soil amendment?

Found this online: Natural cinder of 4-8mm chunks a good stuff to add alongside perlite/pumice for succulents and other soil mix? EDIT: What about coal cinder?
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Heavy wet clayey soil - grit, sand or perlite?

I live in a rented house with a garden in North East of England. Last year I attempted to create a small bed for growing herbs and some vegetables but the soil appears to be very clayey and wet all ...
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Reusing soil with earthworms in pots?

I have several potted plants, and just today I noticed I have an infestation of small earthworms. I’ll be washing and repotting all these plants with fresh soil, but I don’t know what to do with the ...
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Root bits in old potting mix

I have root bits from the previously grown basil in a soil that is perlite vermiculite coco coir and compost. Is there a way to remove them? If not, then how much new potting soil should I mix in? ...
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Growing tomatoes in pots

I had a tomato seedling 30cm high growing in potting soil in a large pot, but the pot had no drain hole so the water built up and went sour. I have replanted the tomato into another holed pot, but am ...
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2 parts - Part 1 Does pure Diatomite crumble too much to use as a soil amendment?

or can it be washed cleaned & sifted it and used? I do this with shale rock and it works. Is Diatomite to crumbly? I can get diatomite rock, but I do not want to buy it if it's unusable. This is ...
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Can my chilli plant be saved?

I started observing some white patches on the soil and have been observing practically no growth on my plant. The leaves are also yellowing. I thought it could be root root so I thought of repotting. ...
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Soil chemistry problem — too high conductivity

I'm a tree farmer near Edmonton, Alberta. My entire operation is in pots ranging from 100 ml to 40 liters I just got a new load of compost from City of Edmonton. I performed the following test: ...
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Recipe for potting soil

I live in an area (Delhi, India) where sterilised potting mixes are unavailable. And potting mixes are expensive. So I prepare my own usually. I want to prepare potting soil for planting roselle and ...
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Need short details about perlite, Vermicompost, bone meal and such

I am not looking for definitions or such, but a quick rundown of what is better for soil aeration and drainage? I will need to purchase a few stuff depending on what they do. I already got vermiculite ...
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Golden vermiculite any good?

I got this vermiculite for plants and wondering if this is good enough or not. It's golden in color. Very shiny, like gold. Should I use this for succulents? How is this thing going to help the ...
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Removing worms from potting soil?

This is the background for my question... I had a plant that I bought from a supermarket some time ago. I noticed it was dying, so when I inspected it I noticed the soil had worms (I recently posted ...
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Can good soil turn bad?

I bought potting soil well over a year ago, and left it open (inside the plastic bag) in my rooftop. I live in the Caribbean so it would receive strong direct sun every day. The soil was relatively ...
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Soil to buy for potted plants?

Before I ask my question, the only place I can buy from is Home Depot. With that said, what type of soil should I buy for my plants? It would be soil for planters and pots, and I live in the ...
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Should roots of old herbs be removed?

When I recently replaced an herb (by a different kind of herb) in a pot that didn't grow sufficiently anymore, I found that quite a large portion of the soil was held tightly by the many small roots ...
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How do I naturally or organically add iron supplements for my plants

From another question it looks like my avocado plants are deficient in iron. I'd like to explore and try natural/organic ways of supplementing iron. (I know organic is carbon and carbon compounds) So ...
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Which soil works for Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo)?

I got this Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo) recently, and would like to replant it in a different pot and change the soil: I've done some googling and got wildly different and often times opposing ...
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Is it possible for indoor allergies to be aggravated by potting mix?

Anecdotally, I've noticed that my allergies seem worse after working with it, even when using those brands specifically formulated for indoor containers. (Also, I tried to tag this "allergies," and ...
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Scoria coarse “sand” for my Haworthias and others

I don't find horticulture-grade pumice available locally. So, I bought some scoria and sifted it. I got three grain sizes, with two shown here: The third is whatever passed through the finest sieve. ...
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Should I throw out soil after rot?

I have sadly had a potted monstera succumb to rot. I tried taking clippings to no avail, but now that it's gone, I am wondering if it's safe to reuse the pot and soil with another plant? Can the soil ...
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Can I use lava rock as a substitute for sponge rock for my Hawaii's Anthurium?

I have a Hawaii's Anthurium, and the instructions say to plant it in a pot with 1 part peat moss and 2 parts perlite or sponge rock. I have lava rock. Would it be ok for me to plan the Hawaii's ...
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perlite on its own for succulents

What is your experience with using perlite on its own for planting succulents? I add slow-release pellets for start-up, but will feed with liquid fertilizer when plants establish themselves. The ...
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Haworthias in polystyrene pellets potting-soil when pumice not available

I have read this article about using styrofoam (Polystyrene) instead of Perlite. Is it good to plant Haworthias in 100% styrofoam grains? The poly's water retention is inferior to that of Perlite, ...
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What kind of soil does aloe vera prefers?

(I'm new to planting) Can I use native soil from a nearby grass field? Should I also add some plotting mix?
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Is powdered cow dung cake a good rooting medium for bulbs

This is the first time I am growing bulbs but I am not sure if dried cow dung cakes, ground into fine powder would work as a good rooting medium for the bulbs to sprout. A friend of mine gave me a ...
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What type of soil for transplanting bamboo?

Do you need special soil to transplant bamboo? Also, do you have to keep it in water or can you use potting soil? I have tried regular potting soil, but the bamboo died.
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How to sanitize used paint buckets before gardening?

A neighbour told me not to use empty plastic buckets that earlier contained paint (for painting the house) for gardening because the chemicals still stuck to the sides would leach into the soil and be ...
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Do Citrus potted plants need acidic soil

Does Citrus Plants growing in pots, need slightly acidic soil? I am thinking of the jasmine plant that requires, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, mixed with water, approx every 15 days, particularly during ...
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Are there online stores that specialize in selling plants in pots that bear fruit? [closed]

I live in the Caribbean, and I have 400 square feet of outdoor space where I can put all types of pots (it's concrete). So lately I've been interested in growing some potted plants that bear fruit or ...
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Growing vegetables in seedling soil

I am growing some plants on my balcony. I have bought some soil that is marketed as suitable for seedlings and herbs. I have some lettuce and tomato seedlings germinating in this soil. Soon I will ...
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What should I do before using dried up bagged potting soil?

I bought potting soil (good stuff) a year ago. Since then the bag dried out. What can I do to get it moist again? Should I just water it?
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Concerns with breathing in fine particles from soil

I've been filling planter boxes (PB5s to PB12s) with organic soil mixes, with a tiny amount of synthetic fertlizer. Is this bad for my lungs? The environment wasn't windy, and the soil was moist ...
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Storing potting soil and reusing the next year

Am I being silly for thinking that it's good idea to store the potting soil I've used in my annual pots? As the first frosts are approaching here, we empty our terracotta pots that were filled with ...
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Key lime tree: white mush/mold (?) on the roots, and curling whitening leaves

This is a followup to this question, from a couple months ago. I tried yesterday to edit that question to include the followup, but it was not very well-received -- I assume it was not the right thing ...
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Can I make my own potting soil with what I have?

I have miracle grow gardening soil as well as Hoffman and Espoma cactus mixes. Can I mix these two (part cactus mix part gardening mix) together for potting geraniums and lobelia? I'm out of general ...
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Why are the leaves on my drawf mandarin curling? over-watered?

I just bought this dwarf mandarin tree a week ago and planted it in a pot and the leaves are starting to curl already. I have been looking every day but they seem to be getting worse. I'm wondering ...
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What are these specks of white fuzz in some of my potting soil?

I was transplanting seedlings of chives and parsley and noticed white fuzzy specks clustered in the soil. Because it exists in both sets of seedlings - neither of which started with this fuzzy stuff - ...
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What's the difference between normal potting soil and specialty “Mediterranean” potting soil?

I have been looking at the labels on specialty potting soil label as "Mediterranean" potting soil for plants such as olive and citrus. The only real difference besides the huge price difference I ...
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Reviving some soil using fertilizer, how long to wait before planting?

I had a planter full of a nice soil mixture but let it go dormant and dry out for a year or two. Recently I have kept it around some other plants, exposed it to more light, and applied fertilizer (...
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Taking Care of my Orchid

I was given an Orchid several years ago and just wanted some advice on if I am taking care of it properly and if it needs to be in a larger pot. I am not much of a green thumb but this orchid has ...