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Below seeding, potting (container) mix comes from, BBC Leeds, Gardening with Tim and Joe, "Super Bumper Mega Edition 25 Jul 11" or via direct link to MP3 - Super Bumper Mega Edition 25 Jul 11, start listening at 9mins:20secs into podcast: 8 parts "good" quality (screened) compost 1 part Perlite A little more information about using Perlite as a plant ...


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In The New Organic Grower, Eliot Coleman addresses the issue of peat on p118: I do not share the anti-peat moss sentiment I occasionally hear expressed. The [...] movement began in Europe where [...] they are at the point where finding substitutes for peat makes sense. [...] Of the peat lands in North America, only 0.02 percent are being used ...


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An artificial soil mix offers advantages to growers and some advantages to the people who buy the plants. For the grower: consistent artificial soil quality and mix across multiple batches free of pathogens and the crowd of bacteria/virus/fungi that live in soil different mixes are designed for seedlings, acid loving plants or plants that benefit from ...


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I find that equal parts soil, compost, and worm castings works well, and I don't have to buy the materials, sustainable or otherwise. Don't forget that perlite/vermiculite have to be mined and shipped, which burns fossil fuels.


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The conditions for growing mold are warmth, soil consistently wet, little air movement and undisturbed soil, and the presence of spores to feed on the organic matter present. It is natural to find some spores in potting compost, not a big deal. The plant in the pot (probably Chlorophytum) has fleshy roots and can be allowed to dry down between waterings. So ...


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Yes, I have had quite a bit of success using 25 litre buckets on my balcony, planting some plants "upside down" and others at the top of the bucket. I cut a small hole in the bottom of the bucket and gently push the roots of my seedling through the hole. I keep the roots in place with a small square of landscaping fabric with a slit cut into one side, or ...


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In response to those up-thread who seem to think that peat extraction in Canada is not a big deal, I have to say: I have stood on the edge of Provincial Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) in southern Ontario and watched the peat being extracted. It broke my heart. The bog in question lay just outside the border of a Provincial Park, and the ...


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I haven't used the MiracleGro Moisture Control potting mix myself, but some indoor gardeners seem to think that it's too moisture-retentive and compacts, causing drainage problems: see comments by gardengal48 here. I think this is likely to be the reason why the second group of herbs you planted, failed. Very few plants can survive if their feet are ...


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Crop rotation My grandparents had а large garden beside the vineyard, that they cared about long years. Every spring, they reshaped the garden - putting the tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, carrots, onion, cabbage and other goodies in new places. They told me this is because every plant uses some same assortiment of nutrients in the soil. Planting the same ...


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You can't just leave it out, you have to substitute it with something. Coir, for example. (I use well-composted horse manure + bedding.) If you leave it out, the soil won't hold enough water. Mike Perry's answer to this question says: A good "Potting Mix" is made up of 3 basic parts: * Water retaining material. * Drainage material. * Plant ...


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Citrus trees want about 6.0-7.0 pH. You can raise the pH of the potting medium with (pulverized) lime, but it's best to mix in the lime thoroughly when making the potting mix. I'm not sure that top dressing your pot with lime will help the pH much, though it may correct it gradually over time. When making a soil mix, take into account the natural pH of the ...


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I'm not entirely certain what you're asking - the use of the term 'soil' is confusing. What you buy at the garden centre will be either potting compost (John Innes, Multi purpose, but still potting) or soil conditioning compost, or composted animal manure, or topsoil. Topsoil is only as good as where its been extracted from - its dug out of the ground and ...


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Just for interest's sake, I'll add something, though Kevinsky has given a comprehensive answer already. The reason you don't just dig up a bit of soil from your garden, put it in a pot and then plant something in it is simple - any pathogens present are now contained in that pot and multiplying, rather than being diluted in open ground, which means there's a ...


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Well I wouldn't worry about drying it out first - simply tip it out of its pot, preferably wearing gloves, carefully, and with any luck, most of the wet soil will fall off immediately anyway. The plant appears to be quite small for the size pot its in, so its unlikely to be full of roots. They're quite forgiving of being potted on, but have a pot and your ...


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In theory, when you perform a transplant you should avoid damaging any of the roots at all, since any damage to roots causes the plant stress during transplant. In practice, you will always damage some small number of roots no matter how careful you are, unless you transplant a gigantic sized root-ball. So my answer to your question is you should move a root ...


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The trouble with introducing 'life' by inoculating with garden soil is you have no control over which life forms you are introducing, and some of them might be pathogenic when contained inside a pot or grow bag. That is why there are commercially produced potting composts, to avoid that risk. Some people actually grow plants in soil they've dug from the ...


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Potting soil also gets compressed over time. The most important thing about potting soil is that it shouln't contain fungus spores, insect eggs and weeds. I say "it shouldn't" because I have bought potting soil with earthworms and some germinated seeds, probably weeds, but not sure since I have removed them immediatly. Also, potting soil has a label that ...


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Of course you can compost it! Clay soil improvement (@uncle brad) is another possibility. I use it to fill small lawn gaps (I'm not into the bowling green quality lawns!) or to help top up raised beds (where the bulk goes). The only thing to watch for would be possible disease. You may want to discard it if you had some serious disease (or nematode) ...


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It will definitely make a difference if you add enough, but probably not a useful one. Ash is high in potash (compounds of potassium) and usually also high in calcium salts. This invariably raises the pH of soil. Ash unfortunately does not contain nitrogen, which is a more important plant nutrient than potassium. Given that potassium is the third major ...


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No, it's not too late to 'unplant' it, it won't yet have started to put out roots from the pot shaped rootball. The best way when planting a tree is to prepare the ground beforehand by digging it over in as wide an area as possible and adding humus rich material (garden compost, composted animal manure, whatever you can get hold of), then letting it settle ...


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If this is topsoil, not a bagged potting mix, it will contain lots of soil microbes. These can sour the soil if it is stored damp. I've used 14 yr. old bagged soil before, and most of it was fine. I did a smell test. Some of the bags were still damp inside (completely sealed), and a couple of them smelled sour. The others, including what dried, smelled ...


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I'm not sure about the specific species, but they appear to be worms from the family Enchytraeidae (commonly known as potworms). They are not earthworms, but similar. They feed on/live in decayed organic matter, and do not harm plants. They need moisture to thrive, and prefer a low pH. When the conditions are right, they tend to multiply rapidly. They are ...


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The trouble with gardening is, ask a panel of experts a question and you'll get 3 different answers. I remember your original question on this plant and then, you believed you should wait for the peat soil it was in to dry out before attempting to repot in different soil. That wasn't true, and I don't think this latest thing is any more true either - when I ...


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If you used the spikes, I'd be surprised if you could smell those to the extent of your apartment 'reeking', but its simple to remove them. I suspect, though, you probably used the bagged granular formulation, and that would cause a stink, and there's not much you can do about it except to wait for it to pass, which it will, eventually. Either that or repot ...


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Just add water. Leave it in the bag and poke a hose right into the plastic and fill. Poke into another spot and fill. Leave it to absorb the moisture. Soil and other rooting media if allowed to get too dry becomes hydrophobic; the soil will shed water as if the soil were covered in oil. Potting soil is sterilized. That is the beauty of potting soil. ...


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I have had a great deal of success growing vegetables in a 5 gallon bucket. I live in FL and we are about to enter the "off season" for vegetable gardening as choices are somewhat limited because of our warm evenings. Many veggies need a cooler part of the day to do their best. But things I am harvesting now include many types of peppers, eggplant and ...


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I agree with Bamboo. I think a cursory search on google.com with the name of the plant and "soil requirements" will turn up the best solution. While a large majority of plants you'll buy at a non-specialty store or nursery are just fine in a common potting soil, there are several that aren't and a few reasons why. One big reason, right off the bat, is that ...


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Quick and Dirty Self-Watering 5-Gallon Bucket Garden __ Parts List 1 Kiddie Pool example 7 Clean 5-Gallon Buckets example (or however many will fit comfortably in the Kiddie pool you just bought) 7 Clean (Read: Bleached) Bath Towels Asbestos free vermiculite. example - info Your favorite potting soil Instructions Drill/Cut 4 Holes on 4 Sides, 2 ...


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Is the plant healthy and growing? If so then leave it alone. You can top dress with a soil less mix or just add some on top. If you are potting it to a larger size then put some new soil in the bottom of the pot. Although tropical plant growers use soil less mix because it is consistent and weed free a clay or loam based mix will do just fine and may have ...


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It's probably not the end of the world. Put plenty of light on your plant (and its soil) and the light should inhibit the mold if it's pathogenic. When the plant is established it shouldn't be a big risk, unless it hardly gets any light, but I've never grown Peace Lillies. I don't think mold in and of itself is usually a big problem, but moldy soil may also ...


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