Originally Posted by politicalcenter
I have hundreds and hundreds of plants started now so watering is a constant chore. I use a humidity dome turned upside down and when I pot up my plants in four inch pots I let them sit in water until I get my next bunch potted The water wicks up and saturates the soil. I then mist the tops of the pots and put them up. I use plastic pots and mix my own soil.
Hi, How do you mix your own soil? I'm in Oklahoma with very sandy soil, but seems like over the years we get way too much rain in the spring (hasn't happened yet this year). We have gophers that you just can't get rid of and they tunnel everywhere. The rain hits the gopher hole and causes lots of erosion (even to the point of showing all the roots of 15+ year old crepe myrtles planted along the side of our property) and we have to have several truckloads of dirt brought in to repair. So, there is probably a lot of different pH, levels, etc.
Tried composting but have mostly blackjack trees (a scraggly oak tree) and they just never composted. After 5 years these leaves were not broken down and I was starting to think they were going to petrify someday. Kept reading composting articles and doing what they said but it just didn't work. After 5 years I found an article some guy wrote that said if you have these kind of leaves, that you probably didn't believe composting worked (but it also didn't have any suggestions of what to do with those leaves). Get quite a bit of grass over a year mowing (have one acre) but not a lot of stuff to mix with it to break it down. I do have 5 chickens, so have some wood shavings, and some chicken poo.
Last year I decided to try some organic soil to grow some vegetables and bought 5 or 6 bags. Corn grew about a foot tall, tomatoes plants grew huge but didn't give hardly any tomatoes, lettuce grew, got chard, and I guess the green peppers did the best. Somebody told me my tomatoes didn't grow because of too much nitrogen and not enough phosphorous .... but if that was organic soil, why couldn't I trust that it had the correct amounts of "whatever" in it? To be fair, it did rain like crazy and I had to put whatever was in pots in a wagon and kept taking it to the patio when it got too much rain. I did buy some stuff that you mix to the soil, and planted onions to that garden and got the biggest and nicest onions I have ever grown. Did write down what I used, but right now don't know where it is.
Anyway, if I had to buy my stuff to make my own soil, what would you recommend? Want to grow vegetables in pots and in raised beds.
Edited by limited25 - 3/23/16 at 12:52pm