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Adding Screened Bark to Potting Mix

By RickCorey
August 17, 2012

Improve the drainage and aeration of seedling and potting mixes with pine bark shreds.

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Name: Steve
Millbury, MA (Zone 5b)
Aug 20, 2012 4:27 AM CST
I buy a 2 cubic foot bag of good organic potting mix and a 2 cubic foot bag of shredded pine bark. I mix the two together in a wheelbarrow and store it in a plastic garbage can. This lasts me all season. It's not for seed starting, but for everything else it's great.

Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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Aug 20, 2012 11:18 AM CST
I put my screened batches and final mix back into the same bags I bought the mix or bark in. I save those bags from year to year, but sometimes slice them up for lining the walls of my raised beds lest they dry out too fast. Once I used it on the bottom of a raised set on top of some agressive roots. That bed stays moist longer than any other bed I have!

Often the bags I buy bark, grit or mix in are stronger than the cheap garbage bags I buy.

>> I mix the two together in a wheelbarrow

Always! And I happened to wind up with two wheelbarrows through luck not planning, but they are a HUGE convenience when screening and mixing.

If I have to bend over or stoop frequently, I poop out much more often. But I found that I can do some shoveling and screening while sitti8ng on a floding chair, with a thick, stiff cushion.

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