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Old 09-05-2018, 04:16 PM
 
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So i am going to have about 6 of these guys in the corner of my house.

i came to the conclusion 1 part garden soil 1 part peat moss 1 part compost and some perlite/all purpose fertilizer to mix in would be pretty expensive


I was thinking maybe 2 part top soil 2 part compost 1 part peat moss with some perlite and all purpose fertilizer? will this work you think with this 2 part top soil? I can fill this bed with about 15$ worth of soil if thats the case


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Old 09-05-2018, 05:39 PM
 
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Donno. I built 6 8x10 cinder block, double row, beds and we filled them with 3 way topsoil from local landscape place. Worked just fine. Put landscaping fabric on the bottom and sides inside, then filled with soil.
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Old 09-06-2018, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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My absolute favorite potting soil is Black Gold. It's organic and it's really given me exceptional results. It's expensive. You can get it on Walmart.com, but I get a really good discount on it through Staples.com, with my Staples reward plus membership.

https://www.staples.com/Black-Gold-1...roduct_1258712

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Black-Gol...-Soil/24774077
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Kind of depends on what your "topsoil" consists of in So Florida (per your profile).....If it's sandy, then perlite may not be necessary for drainage. Are there any municipal or other organizations in your area that offer composted residential yard waste for sale ?
Any stables nearby where you could get free manure ? Do you have access to seaweed for composting ?
Seaweed is a broad spectrum fertilizer that is rich in beneficial trace minerals and hormones that stimulate plant growth. Seaweed is high in carbohydrates which are essential building blocks in growing plants, and low in cellulose so it breaks down readily. How to use seaweed.

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Old 09-09-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Kind of depends on what your "topsoil" consists of in So Florida (per your profile).....If it's sandy, then perlite may not be necessary for drainage. Are there any municipal or other organizations in your area that offer composted residential yard waste for sale ?
Any stables nearby where you could get free manure ? Do you have access to seaweed for composting ?
Seaweed is a broad spectrum fertilizer that is rich in beneficial trace minerals and hormones that stimulate plant growth. Seaweed is high in carbohydrates which are essential building blocks in growing plants, and low in cellulose so it breaks down readily. How to use seaweed.

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Gemstone1

Well composted horse manure is a cheap and very effective potting soil or soil amendment. Commercial stables are usually begging for gardeners to haul away all they want for free.


Not only does it test out well for various nutrients /minerals, but its fibrous texture is THE BEST quality for allowing proper access to the nutrients by the roots which require air spaces for good water flow without drowning the roots (I dare the English majors to diagram that last sentence .


It's become a fad lately to talk about "the carbon content" of the soil-- but that's really a synecdoche for "fiber." Plants get their carbon from co2 via the stomata, not the roots.
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