I used "play sand" mixed with dirt/compost in my tomato pots and now the topsoil is like concrete
Please recommend a type of sand to mix with my dirt/compost. Thanks!
Yes I was trying to lighten my soil and I just used what was on hand. I didn't know about peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, ect. Thanks for that!rainbowgardener wrote:Why do you want to put sand in it?
If you want to lighten your soil and help it drain better, try compost, peat moss, vermiculite, perlite. Or use ready mixed potting soil which is a combination of most of those.
You are right that topsoil & compost that work well in the garden, do not work well in pots, tends to compact and harden up (as you have noticed).
I've heard about wood ash and I will try it when I get something to burn wood in (outdoor fire pit). Glad to hear your soil is doing better. It took the wife and I a few years of working the ground before it got to where we could keep a garden happy.Gary350 wrote:My Grandfather us to aways add wood ash to the soil to loose it up. It keep it loose for a very long time. But you can over do it and get the reverse effect so be careful how much you add. I have about 3 to 4 five gallon buckets of wood ash from my stove every year that I dump in the garden and that is a drop in the bucket but after 20 years my soil is much better.
I didn't know that. Thank you. I wish there was a home kit to check the soil levels, like you can with a swimming pool. How does one get the correct soil without sending away sample after sample?engineeredgarden wrote:Be very cautious with adding wood ashes to your soil, because it will drive the ph level up in a hurry....
That's great! I did notice I need to spend $20 total order. Atleast I have something to go buy when I find it outside the net. Thank you!rainbowgardener wrote:For $9 you can get a little probe to test soil pH
It is questionable how accurate they are, but it will at least give you a ball park to get started.