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Old 01-13-2019, 09:54 PM #1
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I'm collecting stuff locally (mostly) for my soil mix at my winter home in Mexico. I got 6 fifty pound (approx.) bags of beautiful looking topsoil for the equivalent of 12 US dollars (2 bucks each) and 10.50 for 3 big bags of composted woody debris. The sand is left over from cement work. I'm getting some local vermicompost delivered which is not yet priced but it is some of the finest I've every assayed.
The garden supply is getting in some Premier brand peat moss next week so I cannot resist. Across the road is a pile of old horse manure and the hardware store across the road sells pumice. Paradise found.



Does anyone want to guess what type of stone this is? It is white stone sold for decorative dressing on soil in potted plants. To the eye it looks like limestone and feels rough but does not break so easily.



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Old 01-13-2019, 10:02 PM #2
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The stone looks like quartz based to me? Add a drop of HCL to it, most likely it won't have any reaction.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:19 AM #3
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The stone looks like quartz based to me? Add a drop of HCL to it, most likely it won't have any reaction.
I suspect you are correct. It should make a good drainage component. I guess we are almost neighbors kinda.
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Maaan paradise indeed.


I can't even get earth worm castings reliably and locally here in Europe.


Anyone I ask just looks at me going "What you want with worm poop? Just throw some of the good blue stuff on there" .....


Really a shame how in "developed" countries, you can't even get the most basic components for farming...

They all just use pre-blended, pre-mixed brand name fertilizers that won't even tell you what is really in them ...
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Calcite?
I think it is too hard to be calcite but I'll put it in some vinegar to see if it bubbles. I've got muriatic acid but hate handling it. If calcite I can still use it in lesser amounts.
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It won't bubble.
Its crushed marble.
Primarily calcite.


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I guess we are almost neighbors kinda.
We're probably still pretty far away from each other depending on where at in Mexico you are. I'm more the southern end of Central America, closer to the equator. I think our max daylight is 12.5-13 hours.

Are you planning on growing out local strains or BYOB (Bring your own beans)?
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Well, calcite it is h.h. It not only bubbled but dissolved to a degree when dropped into vinegar

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We're probably still pretty far away from each other depending on where at in Mexico you are. I'm more the southern end of Central America, closer to the equator. I think our max daylight is 12.5-13 hours.

Are you planning on growing out local strains or BYOB (Bring your own beans)?
Yes we are quite distant, although closer than where I hang my other hat in Canada I am north of CDMX in the central highlands.

Right now, I'm interested in growing some lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, dandelions, red clover and some local medicinal herbs. I may grow a couple of local plants. My cultivars are still in Canada.

I will follow the legalization process here and might grow more as permitted.
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