45 yrs. growin\'
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!
Now, feel free to resume your silence. (It's ok PAK, I thought it was clever. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] )
I do a lot of kneading, as if I were up to my elbows in bread dough.
Sorry, Jim. I just don't see you as the kneady kind.
45 yrs. growin\'
Good one! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]Originally Posted by [b
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.
Well I find its good to wash/rinse the peat like many folks recommend here. I will mix up a bucket of peat with tap water and let it soak overnight sturing a couple of times and then using only the stuff that floats to pot things in. When you finish potting you will find a thick sludge on the bottom of your bucket. This is the stuff that normaly washes out or unrinsed peat pots. Then if I mix perlite in the peat it will float to the top of the pot, but what I do is after the pots have been beat down with the rain for a few months I top water the pots and let the perlite that is loose float out and over the sides ot the pot. I still find that there is plenty of perlite left in the mix and plants do fine. I mainly bottom water though unless it rains on the pots.
The topic of Home Depot / Lowes sand is as controversial as that of Scott's peat. Some people have done well by it and others are leery of it. Other recommended suppliers would be "sandblasting sand" and what I have been doing - pool filter sand, from a pool supply store. And as always, rinse it first.Originally Posted by [b
Agreed, I always use warm water to get it to absorb. Works like a charm.Originally Posted by [b
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