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pine bark fines?

Posted by maltby (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 16, 11 at 16:10

where can I get the ingredients for al tapla's mix?

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RE: pine bark fines?

Not an answer, but here are the facts:
Pine bark fines is a common potting mix ingredient in Al's region. But not in the NW.

So if you locate a source, shipping fees will be sizable.

RE: pine bark fines?

I used the soil PEP at Home Depot sold as soil condition in the green & white bags. Also a blue bag called garden prep. Worked for me & less acidic than the pine.

from the container forum

Nice post by someone local trying al's mix. She uses reptobark, but she is also doing the gritty mix and not the 5-1-1.

Corinne, I checked out the soil PEP, it seemed a little overly broken down to me

RE: pine bark fines?

Not sure what you're wanting to plant, but hope my experience helps you decide.

I used the PEP as part of the mix with potting soil for perennial divisions of creeping campanula, yellow corydalis, ajuga, variegated ivy, & groundcover euonymous.

I also used it to make a mixture for potting up bargain spring bulbs in large containers on New Year's Eve & topped pots with 2" of it as mulch for winter. The riot of color from these late planted bulbs is a bit a bit floppy now either from rain or lack of sunshine. Perhaps, the PEP isn't solid enough to hold the stems firm in the pots in the wind. :o) Either way, I plan to plant the bulbs in the ground after foliage dies back.

For my large cedar permanent containers I put bagged medium bark through leaf shredder to get fines for Al's mix last spring. The upright fuchsias are showing nice growth as are hosta, bergenia, carex, acorus, heuchera, & dwarf daylilies. I topped them with my homemade compost in the fall & removed the excess this spring. I don't plan to replant them for some time, so hope it works!

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