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    Soil? Safe, or Toxic? *-squints-*

    I bought a 'Seed starting soil mix' but looks fine for regular plants. I cant find regular peat and perlite at the stores, and my parents are too cheap to buy it online, they say regular potting soil would work. So some pictures:
    If you cannot read the one with the ingrediants it says:
    "Ferry-Morse Seed Starter Mix contains a blend used by professional growers: Pure Canadian Spaghum peat moss, horticultural grade perlite, composted softwood bark fines, lime for PH balance and a wetting agent to help with initial absorption"

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    I wouldn't use it for CPs. I was ok with it until I saw lime and the wetting agent (probably a soap of some sort). The fine softwood bark fines is probably pine bark mulch which is acceptable with some CPs. The lime will reduce the acidity which in turn is not good for CPs.

    Just go to Lowe's and buy a small bale of Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss - I think it's under $12 probably around $9-10 and a 50 lb of play sand at Home Depot or OSH for around $5. That should last you a couple years.

    OSH also carries 1 cu ft bags of peat moss for $5-6. Armstrong's carries perlite and peat moss without fertilizer.
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    whats OSH lol hehe. Also, I saw the play sand, its safe? and I can't find the Canadian Spaghnum Peat Moss.

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    OSH = Orchard Supply Hardware (google for their website to find locations)

    Bales of peat moss at Lowe's are outdoors on pallets in the section with the big bags of soil, orchid bark etc.

    Play sand is normally silica sand and is safe to use if you rinse it well first.

    You can buy huge bags of perlite at OSH.
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    Do they have the small bags of dried LFS, for like $4?

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    Lowe's in the Los Angeles area should carry bags of Mosser Lee (domestic) and Chilean Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss. The Chilean moss is labeled "Orchid Moss". I've noticed since this last summer Home Depot is carrying the Mosser Lee stuff.
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    if i am not mistaken, walmart also carries Sunshine brand sphagnum peat.

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_vyXwC0RoolQ/SB...2/IMG_0615.JPG

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    The Canadian peat moss bales that Not a Number mentioned are good. The bale I bought had a bunch of sticks and hard stuff in it though that I picked out because I'm picky! Get it?! HAR HAR...

    Anyway listen to him, he knows his stuff! I've been using perlite as an additive personally and it's worked good. Next time I pot any plants though I think I'm going to buy some silica sand for aesthetic reasons.

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