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    i dont understand soil.

    so lately i have been having problems with creating my own soil.

    im trying to make my soil organic so that is why i now make my own.

    i dont seem to be doing it very well tho, can anyone give me some help?

    right now what i use

    3 parts Coco fiber
    1/2 part Verm
    1/2 part Sand
    1 Part Compost derived from cow manure

    what am i missing and what should i do

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    what are you trying to grow? could be that its not holding enough water.......could be that the manure is to fresh and burning the roots........could be alot of things......as much as i complain about my nearly organic free clay soil around here it does hold water remarkably well....mix with a lil compost and even in the 100 degree no humidity summers i only have to water every other day even with no mulch on the veggie garden
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    im talking non CP's here

    like Hibiscus and Ipomoea(morning glory's)

    one of my hibiscus seeded and now have about 25 seeds i wish to plant but im trying to figure whats best

    maybe i should be thinking about buying things such as worm castings, blood meal, crushed oyster shells to add to the Coco fiber? i really like the coco fiber and i hear good things such as its a good starter and can easily add things too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HPLH View Post
    so lately i have been having problems with creating my own soil.

    im trying to make my soil organic so that is why i now make my own.

    i dont seem to be doing it very well tho, can anyone give me some help?

    right now what i use

    3 parts Coco fiber
    1/2 part Verm
    1/2 part Sand
    1 Part Compost derived from cow manure

    what am i missing and what should i do
    That would depend upon the purpose of the soil. What do you intend to grow? If the plants prefer nitrogen-poor environments, I would avoid the compost alltogether . . .
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    ok may be that there is salt in the coco fiber......flush it really well........are you buying the steer compost from a private individual, doing it yourself or buying it in a bag from the store?

    wouldnt worry about the blood meal or oyster shells to start with......i use blood meal alot but im amending near pure clay soil........worm castings wont hurt but i doubt they do anything the steer compost doesnt......
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    store bought organic compost

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPLH View Post
    maybe i should be thinking about buying things such as worm castings, blood meal, crushed oyster shells to add to the Coco fiber? i really like the coco fiber and i hear good things such as its a good starter and can easily add things too.
    No.. don't buy any of that. For most CP's, the nutrients are a bad thing. If I had to recommend one soil media that will be relatively cheap and generally good, it would be the Long Fibered Spagnum (LFS) that should be in any garden center, for about 3-4 bucks. Most soil media centers around various combinations of LFS, sand, peat, and Perlite. But if you only have a few plants and limited budget, LFS is the way to go. Don't use the afore-mentioned things. Those are largely for typical houseplants.

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    this isnt for CP's, this is for hibiscus etc.

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