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Clear absorbent beads will do. Cheapest supply get a used nappy from a baby. can also use "proper" gel product used for adding to soils.


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A technique that works well for large seeds like beans is to take a mason jar, then line it inside with a cylinder of light coloured blotting paper from the bottom up to the neck of the jar. Then fill inside the cylinder with an absorbent material such as damp peat. Using a spoon, take the bean seed and insert it in between the paper and the glass wall of ...


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Something like this maybe https://www.seedman.com/plantge.htm It's "plant gel" I've bought some plants that came in it.


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Your soil looks pretty good. Those are just garden worms which help break down dead leaves and such. They are required for a healthy soil. Your soil appears to have a bit of clay and may not drain as well as other soils, just keep an eye on it when it rains to make sure it does drain. Water probably should not stand in place for more than 24 hours. ...


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There are times when dilution can be the solution to pollution. Many plants will survive just fine in an average garden soil dug straight from the garden. One treatment for soil of unknown or doubtful quality is to remove it from the pot, shake it from roots and allow to dry out a bit, then sprinkle the powder on a compost heap and thoroughly mix in. Repot ...


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I would say bin the soil. It is never a good idea to put someone else's garden soil in your garden. You never know what's in it. It could contain seeds or even roots of rogue weeds like ground elder or horsetail, or even worse, rogue grubs or moulds that could attack your garden flora. Only transplant things with the soil, if you can trust the source of the ...


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It does look rather like garden soil, but perhaps it's difficult or impossible to get proper potting soil where you are, even for plant suppliers. Regardless, best to buy some new potting soil (known as potting compost in the UK) if it's available to pot up any new plants you get. Note also that no plant should ever be put in a pot that does not have ...


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Worms in the garden are excellent. Worms in a plant pot mean big trouble for the plant, because there isn't much for the worms to eat except the plant's roots. This is one reason why potted plants should never be grown in soil just dug up from a garden - you have no idea what is actually in there. The worms may have been worm eggs, when you filled up that ...


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Just a small thought to add, most sands on tropical atolls are derived from coral, as such the last thing the sand needs for plant to grow in it is more alkaline material. I find a mix of sand with compost 50x50 and used in containers will grow tomatoes,eggplant, and peppers with the help of some magnesium sulphate and seaweed tea. .


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