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Old 05-19-2017, 08:27 PM #1
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DIY Organic Potting Mix's for Grass - Ace Spicoli

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?
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:21 PM #2
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Yard waste compost pile load yourself for free!


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Old 05-19-2017, 09:34 PM #3
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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!

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
The Espoma Company • 6 Espoma Road, Millville, NJ 08332

Tomato-tone®
3-4-6
Total Nitrogen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.0%
0.2%. . . . Ammoniacal Nitrogen
0.7%. . . . Water Soluble Nitrogen
2.1%. . . . Water Insoluble Nitrogen
Available Phosphate (P2O5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.0%
Soluble Potash (K2O). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%
Calcium (Ca) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.0%
Sulfur (S). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.0%

Derived from: Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, Pasteurized
Poultry Manure, Bone Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Greensand,
Humates, Sulfate of Potash, and Gypsum.

*Contains 2.1% Slow Release Nitrogen.
ALSO CONTAINS NON PLANT FOOD INGREDIENTS:
Contains 624 colony forming units (CFU’s) per gram of the
following species:
Bacillus licheniformis . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 CFU’s per gram
Bacillus megaterium . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 CFU’s per gram
Bacillus pumilus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 CFU’s per g

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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
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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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Old 05-19-2017, 10:52 PM #5
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Tomato Tone is nice,
Now that you mention it I do like those two products
perlite and kelp!

Thanx FunkBomb !
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I am interested in how the paver sand works for drainage.
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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?...
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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.
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