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Old 11-18-2009, 08:19 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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That's a good price per cubic yard of mixed soil.

With regard to top-dressing soil -- studies done by UC Davis Farm Extension have shown that top dressing with compost is no better and sometimes worse than top dressing with 3-4 inches of 1-inch diameter mulch. However, when the compost is put down as a soil finisher and then covered with mulch -- this is the best situation.
Amen to that!
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Thanks, the email I sent to "RootsGrow" bounced. Anyway, the frog fertilizer appears low in minerals. In Fresno there are a lot of Ag supply stores. You can do better for a lot less money.
I think the Happy Frog is a Fox Farm product. I have used Happy Frog by Fox Farms before. It works well but the price is so high! I have also tried Ocean Forest by Fox farms, Ocean Forest is a little heavy mix it well with other dirt or peat moss.
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I will have some bananas to transplant in a week or so and was wondering about this mix:

First, I have some very loose dirt, and I mean well draining. It drains too well, I could not get plants to grow in it because even after an inch or rain, it was dry the next day. I put a layer of it at the bottom of the pot, then added a similar amount of Ferti-lome premium potting mix. Another layer of dirt with a layer of compost and a layer of potting mix (1/3 of each). The top layer, which is just a couple of inches, is just the dirt.

I have tomatoes growing in it now and they are doing great so far. Do bananas like about the same thing?

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I will have some bananas to transplant in a week or so and was wondering about this mix:

First, I have some very loose dirt, and I mean well draining. It drains too well, I could not get plants to grow in it because even after an inch or rain, it was dry the next day. I put a layer of it at the bottom of the pot, then added a similar amount of Ferti-lome premium potting mix. Another layer of dirt with a layer of compost and a layer of potting mix (1/3 of each). The top layer, which is just a couple of inches, is just the dirt.

I have tomatoes growing in it now and they are doing great so far. Do bananas like about the same thing?

Mike
Instead of layering, I would mix it.

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When I make soil for myself I currently use:

2 buckets fine-grained humic compost (cooked and sifted greenery waste).
1 bucket Perlite (or Scoria -- for 20+ gallon tubs and long-term plantings).
1 bucket Horticultural Sand (this is 1/8 to 1/4 inch grain size).
1 bucket Sphagnum Peat Moss.
1 bucket Worm Castings.

Each bucket is 5 gallons and I use a clean cement mixer to mix it. The end cost is about $2 per cubic foot.
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Is this for potting soil or 'soil soli'?

I removed >10 yards of clay from my back yard and am currently looking to to fill in a planter ditch that's ~50' x 3' x 2'. I found a guy on Craig's List that will deliver compost for $18/yard here in Ventura Co. seems like an OK deal to me... Any additional suggestions? I don't mind throwing the other stuff in the mix (as in your list), but whenever I've seen horticultural sand it's like $5 for a tiny bag so...

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When I make soil for myself I currently use:

2 buckets fine-grained humic compost (cooked and sifted greenery waste).
1 bucket Perlite (or Scoria -- for 20+ gallon tubs and long-term plantings).
1 bucket Horticultural Sand (this is 1/8 to 1/4 inch grain size).
1 bucket Sphagnum Peat Moss.
1 bucket Worm Castings.

Each bucket is 5 gallons and I use a clean cement mixer to mix it. The end cost is about $2 per cubic foot.
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