Lean / well draining soil

idahoan_2010March 8, 2010

Hello, significant other wants a humming bird garden,I am new to all this and looking on web found these two recipe's for lean /well draining soil.

1. three parts coarse grit or stone chips,one part garden soil,one part peat or compost.

2. 9 parts coarse sand ,5 parts peat ,4 part pumice. Plants will be in 10' x 6'raised beds 16" - 18" deep starting from scratch ( no topsoil and hard as heck ). Salvia dorii,Salvia pachpylla,Salvia nemorasa,Stachy's coccinea,Achillea kellereri,Kniphofia hirsuta,Penstemon eatoni,Penstemon pinifolius,Penstemon virens, Agastache acapulco. I have a tree farm close by to purchase topsoil. Either plain screened ( tan dirt very little in the way of humus or compost)or mixed with sand and bark mulch.

Thinking of using the latter and mixing in concrete sand ( coarsest I can find ) and some decomposed granite or expanded shale if i can find any in bulk. Am I on the right track ANY and all help appreciated.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Wow, Idahoan, you are more than a mile or 2 from my gardens. But, I've got some gravel I can sell you.

I think you are on the right track but what do I know? I once "killed" plants in Moscow, there in the the Palouse Hills. Just couldn't make the adjustment from glacial till to wind-blown loess. And now, after 4 decades here . . .

I posted the link below on the soil thread. Maybe it will be of help to you. Some of the ingredients you mention are included in those mixes.


Here is a link that might be useful: Attra - Potting Mixes

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 10:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Dan Staley

When you make your mound, incorporate your mix into the native to get drainage. Two different layers won't drain until saturated (perched water table) and this will kill roots. I had an area in the yard in Sacramento that I dedicated to hummers & that's where I ended up all the time. You won't regret the extra work and care.


    Bookmark   March 9, 2010 at 6:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
windwhipped(Z4 WY)

For the granite, I use chicken grit. You can find it at feed stores in fairly large (and heavy) bags.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2010 at 10:05PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Roses for the Front Range- Highly recommended type
Everyone, I'd highly recommend that you check out Buck...
Spring Swap official site
Good Day all, Just wanted to start an official site...
I could build that!
Well, why not ? No, that floor isn't sloping. There's...
Adding zone to your user name
First make sure you are logged into Houzz. Click on...
Slice of Pi for Your Birthdate ت
My birthday is the 88,173 digit of pi! ت Do you want...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™