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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 21, 2021 3:26 PM CST
Anybody else having problems buying decent potting soil? I used to do okay with what the box stores sold, but lately the bags seem to have uncomposted wood shavings, mixed with chunks of wood the size of my thumb, a little perlite and sprayed with a half a teaspoon of fertilizer. They call that potting soil, and sell it for $10 a bag.

The plants just sit there and look at you when you pot them up in this awful stuff. When you water it the first time the big chunks of wood float to the surface and it looks like you've mulched your pots.

I mixed a bag of Miracle Gro potting soil recently with about 5lb. of alfalfa pellets, wetted it down and let it sit for a month, composting away. After I did that, the plants seemed to be able to grow in it.

Please tell me what you've had good results with?
Elaine

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Name: CODY
Longview, Washington (Zone 8a)
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cwalke
May 15, 2021 9:54 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Anybody else having problems buying decent potting soil? I used to do okay with what the box stores sold, but lately the bags seem to have uncomposted wood shavings, mixed with chunks of wood the size of my thumb, a little perlite and sprayed with a half a teaspoon of fertilizer. They call that potting soil, and sell it for $10 a bag.

The plants just sit there and look at you when you pot them up in this awful stuff. When you water it the first time the big chunks of wood float to the surface and it looks like you've mulched your pots.

I mixed a bag of Miracle Gro potting soil recently with about 5lb. of alfalfa pellets, wetted it down and let it sit for a month, composting away. After I did that, the plants seemed to be able to grow in it.

Please tell me what you've had good results with?

I used to use Miracle Grow potting soil but it got increasingly "trashy" and full of strange things. I have always used Black Gold cactus mix for cactus and succulents, so I tried their regular potting soil. It's my new favorite...loose, dark and fine.

Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
May 15, 2021 6:58 PM CST
I just added a little bit of clay to mine and the fruit tree seem to take off. This thread reminds me to do more. Even though I have worm compost at the bottom of the container.
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