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    Ace Spicoli's Potting Mix for Grass

    I was looking for some recipes and advice on DIY potting mix all organic easy to come by inexpensive mixes.

    So here is my starting recipe:

    Local free compost 30 gallons (this is from the local dump composted yard waste) free
    Bale Peat Moss (im using 1/3 bale) - 3.8cu ft $10
    Builders Sand 60 lbs -$3 bag
    Tomato Tone 6 lbs (Mycos also in fert) $18 for 18lbs
    Oyster shell 15 lbs- $10/50 lbs

    Anyone have suggestions on what else should be in there?
    Last edited by acespicoli; 05-19-2017, 19:09.
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    Yard waste compost pile load yourself for free!

    Close up!
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      I have found this very easy to mix on a tarp by moving the pile back and forth with the corners being pulled!

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      The calcium carbonate content of oyster shells can range from 80% to 95%
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      peat Moss has an acidic pH, generally in the range of 4.4
      Last edited by acespicoli; 08-18-2019, 14:29.
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        That looks like a good mix overall. I'm glad to see someone using Espoma Tomato Tone. That stuff is one of my favorites and it has all the extra calcium. I'd add some perlite and kelp meal and you're all set.

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          Tomato Tone is nice,

          Now that you mention it I do like those two products
          perlite and kelp!

          Thanx FunkBomb !
          Last edited by acespicoli; 08-18-2019, 14:28.
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            I am interested in how the paver sand works for drainage.



              Coarse sand like builders sand, it helps the drainage
              the irregular shape also helps add air spaces.
              I would avoid the play sand and fine sand. .
              The sand also makes the mix a little heavier to keep pots from tipping over!
              If you have very compacted soil, root rot or problems with gnats I would highly recommend adding it.

              Paver sand may be intended to not wash out, you could always try one pot full to see how it does when in doubt.

              If you wet the soil and make it into a ball it should crumble easily, and not glob up
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                how about a little bit of guano?...


                  thinking sea bird or bat guano maybe? Really need to post some test grows...
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                    I would add some basalt rock dust, neem seed meal, worm castings and it's oyster shell flour that you want.


                      Great suggestion, im going to have to try this product as I was not aware of it. I used azomite previously and was happy with the results. Im excited to check this out I wanted to finda source for iron besides hematite

                      Restore soil fertility and increase yields with 100% Volcanic Basalt Rock Dust. Chock-full of minerals and nutrients, this natural soil booster is used to enhance the supply of trace elements and helps support the biological processes required for sustainable and optimal plant growth.

                      • High in calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese
                      • Increases the cation exchange capacity of soils
                      • Higher brix levels and greater concentrations of essential oils
                      • May be used on crops, home gardens, landscapes and turf
                      • Improve drought resistance and salt tolerance of plants

                      Available size: 50 lb Bag
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                        This is the latest addition EWC or red wiggler guano,
                        Ordered 1,000 red wigglers and made some diy worm bins from Tupperware

                        2019 revision / make sure these bins are food safe if you use plastic
                        try to use wood bins instead
                        My worms survived 0 degree winter outdoors under green compost 2018

                        Last edited by acespicoli; 05-05-2019, 15:33.
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                          Latest visitors to my composted soil mix... There are 1000s of them (solved my crustacean meal and chitin (causes plants to produce more essential oils) need thnx mother nature)
                          There are some videos online for culturing your own very easy!

                          A woodlouse (plural woodlice) is a terrestrial isopod crustacean (crustecean meal or insect frass?)with a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and fourteen jointed limbs. Woodlice mostly feed on dead plant material, and they are usually active at night.

                          Woodlice in the genus Armadillidium and in the family Armadillidae can roll up into an almost perfect sphere as a defensive mechanism, hence some of the common names such as pill bug, or roly-poly. Most woodlice, however, cannot do this.

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                          It is a primary component of cell walls in fungi, the exoskeletons of arthropods, such as crustaceans (e.g., crabs, lobsters and shrimps) and insects, the radulae of molluscs, cephalopod beaks, and the scales of fish and lissamphibians.[1] The structure of chitin is comparable to another polysaccharide - cellulose, forming crystalline nanofibrils or whiskers. In terms of function, it may be compared to the protein keratin. Chitin has proved useful for several medicinal, industrial and biotechnological purposes.
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                          Chitin is a good inducer of plant defense mechanisms for controlling diseases. It has also been assessed as a fertilizer that can improve overall crop yields.

                          Giant Isopod (interesting deep sea creature)

                          Culturing Isopods - cheat sheet
                          Postby Philsuma » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:06 pm

                          Keeping / Culturing Various type of Isopods

                          Isopods, also known as Rolly-pollies, Sowbugs, Woodlice, Pill bugs. Available in various colours and morphs; dwarf white, giant Spanish orange, tan, striped and even purple. They are considered "Viv-friendly" and do not ravage Viv plants or bother the frogs. All frogs relish the larvae and most other sizes - they are considered good feeders and usually high in Calcium.

                          The first thing you want to do upon getting your newly acquired culture home is to “Split it”. Try to replicate the type of soil or substrate that came with the original one. Then transfer up to ½ of the original culture into the new one, thus effectively making a second culture.

                          Never "use-up" 100% of your culture all at one time. If you must seed a vivarium with it, then again, only use up to ½ of the culture. Always try to keep “splitting” your cultures in this hobby, that way, you will be assured of having an extra should you need it, or even if one goes bad or fails. You can also make your own cultures of feeders to supply other hobbyists with or even recoup your own initial investment.

                          Isopods do well on “dirt” type soil. Use any combination of garden soil, loam so long as it does not contain any chemicals, fertilizers / manure or Styrofoam / perlite ect. I mix up a huge batch that includes organic soil, some small amounts of sphagnum, a small amount of medium size charcoal bits and some small pebbles ect.
                          When mixed with clean water, the soil should be moist and damp but never sopping wet.

                          I also lay 2 small 1.5 inch square pieces of clean, plain, non-colored corrugated cardboard laid directly on the surface of the soil and these can also be damp but not soaking.

                          The cardboard is very important for two reasons:
                          1.The Isopods will congregate on the board, allowing for easy removal of adults or shaking out of the larvae.
                          2.The cardboard will allow for a quick and easy visual check of the overall level of moisture in the culture. If the cardboard is too dry or too wet, you will be able to see it very easily.

                          Food for the Isopods is easy to provide as well. I use any good quality flake fish food or pellets and you can use small potato slices as well.Small pieces of fruit- mango or melon buried under the surface of the substrate works well with the tropical species. Just remember to feed small amounts of the fish food so as not to foul the culture with uneaten food.

                          Isopods can be used in 2 different ways:
                          1.They can be “seeded” by placing a portion of the culture soil directly into the vivarium substrate and allow a few weeks or months for the seeded portion to reproduce and escape frog predation. These Isopods will take on “janitor” duties, removing frog waste, fungus, rotting plant matter and creating small tunnels for other insect microfauna.

                          2.The tiny larvae which look very similar to springtails in size and colour can be found on the cardboard squares and shaken out into the viv to directly feed froglets. The larvae that survive frog predation can grow and then take on janitor duties as well.
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                            Random Notes on almost free soil ammendments
                            (Due to its high degree of microporosity, just one gram of activated carbon has a surface area in excess of 3,000 m2) or 1/10 a football field!!!

                            BIOCHAR Mix 1:16 up to 1:1 with compost!

                            The processes responsible for the formation of terra preta soils are

                            Incorporation of wood charcoal
                            Incorporation of organic matter and of nutrients
                            Role of micro-organisms and animals in the soil

                            In the case of terra preta, the only possible nutrient sources are primary and secondary. The following components have been found:
                            Human and animal excrements (rich in P and N);
                            Kitchen refuse, such as animal bones and tortoise shells (rich in P and Ca);
                            Ash residue from incomplete combustion (rich in Ca, Mg, K, P and charcoal);
                            Biomass of terrestrial plants (e.g. compost); and
                            Biomass of aquatic plants (e.g. algae).

                            Along with oxygen, the major components of wood ash are calcium (Ca), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), silicon (Si) and phosphorus (P) . Ash is generally very low in nitrogen (N) because it is vaporised during combustion and considerable part of the sulphur (S) may also be lost. Trace elements found in ash include As, Ba, B, Cd, Cu, Cr, Ag, Mo, Hg, Ni, V and Zn, of which B, Cu, Mo and Zn can also be regarded as micronutrient

                            The largest relative percentage of ash, however, is derived from needles and leaves

                            Rapid charging

                            The other way to inoculate your biochar is a bit more labor-intensive, but you can complete the process in hours or days, not months. First, fill a 55 gallon (210 litre) drum with fresh water and biochar. If you are using municipal treated water, let it sit for a couple days to remove any chlorine. Then add compost tea or worm castings and leachate to the barrel with some soil from the area where you will use the finished biochar. For example, if you are going to apply the biochar to your fruit orchard, add some soil from around a robust and healthy tree in that orchard. This will help charge the biochar with the ideal microbiology for your specific orchard.

                            Once everything is well mixed, insert a long tube such as a length of PVC pipe into the barrel and direct air from a blower into the tube, or use a pond aerator and air stones. Aeration supercharges the inoculant and gives the beneficial microbes a massive head start, and helps them adhere to the biochar. Continue this for 12-24 hours.

                            Cowboy® 20 lb Hardwood Lump Charcoal - $13.64 (wally world)
                            If you use this charcoal be sure it is well rinsed before use may contain some residues
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                              The Rift Valley has diverse soil types with different fertility potential. ... Organic matter is the major source of total sulfur for the soils in the humid parts (Nitisol, Andosol and Vertisol), whereas gypsum is the major source for the soils in the drier parts (Fluvisol and Solonetz).

                              Andosol, one of the 30 soil groups in the classification system of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
                              Andosols are highly porous, dark-coloured soils developed from parent material of volcanic origin, such as volcanic ash, tuff, and pumice.

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                              Mt Kilimanjaro

                              Mt Meru

                              Coral sand mining is a significant industry in some areas, and can have damaging environmental effects. Over 500,000 tons of coral sand are mined annually from Mauritius. Over 250 tons of shells and corals were exported from Tanzania in 1974.

                              Nine sand samples above represent nine different sand types. Row by row from left to right: 1. Glass sand from Kauai, Hawaii 2. Dune sand from the Gobi Desert, Mongolia 3. Quartz sand with green glauconite from Estonia 4. Volcanic sand with reddish weathered basalt from Maui, Hawaii 5. Biogenic coral sand from Molokai, Hawaii 6. Coral pink sand dunes from Utah 7. Volcanic glass sand from California 8. Garnet sand from Emerald Creek, Idaho 9. Olivine sand from Papakolea, Hawaii.

                              Coral sand is a collection of sand of particles originating in tropical and sub-tropical marine environments from bioerosion of limestone skeletal material of marine organisms. One example of this process is that of parrot fishes which bite off pieces of coral, digest the living tissue, and excrete the inorganic component as silt and sand. However, the term "coral" in coral sand is used loosely in this sense to mean limestone of recent biological origin; corals are not the dominant contributors of sand particles to most such deposits. Rather, remnant skeletal fragments of foraminifera, calcareous algae, molluscs, and crustaceans can predominate.

                              Because it is composed of limestone, coral sand is acid-soluble.

                              Scanning electron microscopy micrographs of calcareous algae
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