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Re: Container Soil Mix.
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2019, 03:14:43 PM »
Yes definitely "all purpose" garden soil and not the potting types.  I think the white stuff on top is just dust from the turface, I didn't wash it first.  I'm trying to convert my other pictures into a useable format now...

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« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2019, 03:46:18 PM »
I don't know what it is, but my mix drain very quick. Never even close to water sitting on the soil surface.

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« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2019, 06:14:05 PM »
Here's the other pictures.  The miracle grow soil has the consistency of manure.








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« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2019, 08:58:01 PM »
Interesting... Definitely not the same as what I have here. In your case you need a shitload more Turface mixed in. I wonder if you got some bags of potting mix that are mislabeled.

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« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2019, 09:00:43 PM »
I could not read the label on your Miracle Grow bag.  Is the bag labeled Miracle Grow Garden Soil?   One big  problem with Miracle Grow Garden Soil is that it is made from different formulations in different sections of the country.  Here in Colorado the product contains a high level of bark chips giving our product a light airy texture. The Colorado formulation has very good drainage even with nothing added.  From the looks of your product, I would be afraid to use it.
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« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2019, 09:05:44 PM »
Same here, mostly pine bark chips.

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« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2019, 09:08:51 PM »
The turface seems promising, though.  I'm going to try something like 5-1-5 mulch/peat/turface instead of 5-1-1 mulch/peat/perlite.   The miracle grow formulation I'm getting is no good. 

Here's the picture of the bags, and the turface itself is obviously fine.



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« Reply #32 on: April 30, 2019, 09:11:36 PM »
Brian, I cannot see the label on either bag, it does not show in your picture.

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« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2019, 09:15:06 PM »
Oh I thought you meant the marketing name.  Let me check the back...

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« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2019, 09:19:53 PM »


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« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2019, 11:07:01 PM »
The bag does say "Garden Soil", but the bag does not look anything like the bags I purchase.  Not even close.  The Miracle Grow Garden Soil sold in Colorado is in a yellow, red and green bag.  Your product looks terrible.
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Re: Container Soil Mix.
« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2019, 12:15:10 AM »
It says "For In-Ground Use".

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« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2019, 07:01:01 AM »
It's the same bag I get here. May just be a bad batch or very old & decomposing.

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« Reply #38 on: May 01, 2019, 08:42:26 AM »
The MG garden soil I bought looks like Brian's.

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« Reply #39 on: May 01, 2019, 09:46:26 AM »
The miracle grow garden soil I get here on Long Island looks exactly the same as what is shown in Brian's picture.  It is supposed to be mixed in with the soil already in your garden.
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« Reply #40 on: May 01, 2019, 11:42:43 AM »
As written above, Miracle Grow Garden Soil is not the same texture in different sections of the country,  I don't see any wood chips in Brian's MGGS. The Miracle Grow Garden Soil sold in Colorado has lots of wood chips in its formulation, and has excellent drainage, I've had trees growing in it for 3 years with no problems at al.
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« Reply #41 on: May 01, 2019, 11:48:10 AM »
I assume the "good" miracle good batches are still simply mulch & peat, both of which are cheap and readily available.   I'll simply go back to mixing my own for that portion of the mix.

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« Reply #42 on: May 02, 2019, 03:45:26 PM »
I just watered this lemon for 5 min straight & zero standing water...

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« Reply #43 on: May 03, 2019, 07:51:32 AM »

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« Reply #44 on: May 03, 2019, 09:36:02 PM »
I just repotted a bunch of plants into 5-1-5 mulch/peat/turface and I like it a lot.   Itís easy potting up plants because the mix flows well and is dense enough to support plants.  Drains very well.  I think this must be close to your experience

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« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2019, 11:01:28 PM »
brian, your 5-1-5 medium is just about the same consistency as Laaz's first recommendation of a 50/50 MGGS/turface.

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« Reply #46 on: May 04, 2019, 10:06:32 AM »
Yup, itís a good mix. 

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« Reply #47 on: May 04, 2019, 10:23:08 AM »
I'm still wondering what was in that first bag you posted. Looks like they went out in a field & scooped up pure cow crap & stuffed it in the bag.

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« Reply #48 on: May 14, 2019, 09:58:32 AM »
Hi all!!! Iím new here Iím usually on gardenweb but I saw this post and just had to contribute my two cents.  Laaz we talk quite a bit about how amazing your growing of citrus is over at gardenweb seems like everyone knows you and millet :) anyways on the recommendation of silica I decided to try MGGS as well and just in case someone else is in Vancouver Iíd like to post the picture of my mix.  Iíve been using it for almost a year now and winter in the coolgreenhouse watering once every two weeks and all seems well no root rot yet but I do add maybe 10% bark and 10% perlite to mine because mine doesnít seem quite as bark filled as yours.


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Re: Container Soil Mix.
« Reply #49 on: May 14, 2019, 10:06:10 AM »
See if you can locate Turface, has excellent drainage. Go to their site & put in your zip. There's a store locator there.

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