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    * sound of tumbleweed blowing past and the faint peel of church bells in the distance *


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    *someone coughs once and a single but insecure clap is heard*

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    oh. joy.








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    lol! Sorry to break the silence, but I've found that warm water seems to make hydrating peat much easier. Furthermore, following periods of rain or otherwise very high humidity seems to pretty much do it for you.

    An easy way to do it is to mix your components together then let it weather. The aggitation of a good rain seems to do it quite nicely for me. But it's important to keep in mind what PAK said, mixing in a receptacle other than the container you're going to be using is a GOOD thing. It helps your soil maintain good porosity and helps you make good soil structure which aids in root growth, preventing compaction, and good water retention!

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    I do a lot of kneading, as if I were up to my elbows in bread dough.

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    Sorry, Jim. I just don't see you as the kneady kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Mar. 03 2006,9:12)]Sorry, Jim. I just don't see you as the kneady kind.
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    Some mistakes:

    1. Doing a leaf cutting when plants had not even started to acclimate from dingy Walmart conditions to full blazing backyard

    2. Naughtily dropping in a roly poly inside a trap too small to handle the insect. Result : dead bug sticking half of its body out the trap while the trap is firmly clamped in an odd gruesome form. Or, trap unable to close all the way and loses its ability to be airtight, leaving too much room for decay.

    3. Not titrating water when mixing soil medium with perlite; perlite floats all the way to the top and crowds the surface layer. Even when I do a 70% sphagnum peat: 30% perlite, when water is poured immediately on top of the mixture the perlite bubbles up rapidly and annoying on the surface layer.

    Growl, I now need to buy sand from Home Depot.

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