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AdministratorDecember 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm
Hi Lisa you are on the right path, I do appreciate the kind words, a little effort and a little knowledge can go a long way toward making us better growers. Hopefully this thread ends up being a place folks feel they can come to for help departing from limiting habits, instead of encouragement to change something minor and go on with business as usual.
AdministratorDecember 19, 2020 at 10:46 am
HI Roseann when starting most seeds are a steady supply of moisture and a medium that doesn’t support the fungaluglies that cause damping off diseases (phytophthora, pythium, Rhizoctonia solani …..). A ‘steady supply of moisture’ would be enough moisture to keep the medium ‘damp but not wet’ – about as damp as a wrung-out sponge is great.
Soggy soils that don’t hold enough air become the breeding ground for the listed fungi + others that cause the damping off diseases. Seedlings LOVE air in the root zone – LOTS of it. Ideal, would be a coarse medium like the gritty mix or a bark-based mix that would ensure good aeration – because it is literally built into the soil. I often use either the gritty mix or the 5:1:1 (pine bark:peat:perlite) mix to start seeds.
Also try using perlite in the soil, Muddy Boots in the Belle have loads of it at a good price.
AdministratorNovember 30, 2020 at 8:09 am
There aren’t any absolute requirements. I think appropriate advice is
going to vary with the variety of tree and your expectations. Fruits,
for instance, mostly can do well in containers but may not grow as large
as they might otherwise
AdministratorNovember 29, 2020 at 6:23 pm
What are you growing in now? And what vegetables? And the growing environment, indoors, outside, sun, shade, etc. “Soil” means little.
Some vegetables like to grow in a medium that readily drains. Some like water retained. Don’t try to grow in compost only or load up a container with too much compost, which can harm plants.
Compost is a good soil amendment, but you need other things for water retention, and compost is lacking in some important nutrients.
That’s why there’s “potting soil” and “potting mix” which may have peat, composted wood, Perlite and any number of other things, including small quantities of specific nutrients and fertilizers.
Potting mix actually has little natural soil which is actually good for container gardening of some plants, but others need some soil.
However most hardware stores islandwide have some very good soil you can buy.