Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by herblover Today at 1:01 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by trolleydriver Today at 11:43 am

» Ground Cherries
by countrynaturals Today at 11:32 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by countrynaturals Today at 11:29 am

» Calling all chicken owners
by countrynaturals Today at 11:26 am

» Cauliflower
by countrynaturals Today at 11:19 am

» New SFG not sure where to go this year
by herblover Today at 10:52 am

» Mid-Atl - Mar 2017 - I'm a seed-a-holic
by Mellen Today at 9:43 am

» Compost for Mel's Mix
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:05 am

» Lower South Feb 2017
by mschaef Yesterday at 7:43 pm

» Hello from (near) our nation's capital!
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 7:31 pm

» My Solar Dehydrator at Work
by newbeone Yesterday at 7:19 pm

» Indoor Seed Starting Info?
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 6:21 pm

» Oh Baby it's getting HOT Outside
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:59 pm

» My name is boffer, and I'm a juicer.
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:45 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:39 pm

» Hello from DFW
by RC3291 Yesterday at 12:26 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by Mellen Yesterday at 12:10 pm

» So. California & Inland Valleys -March / April Planting Guide
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:32 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by Kelejan Yesterday at 11:21 am

» How to save ground cherry harvest???
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:13 am

» Hello from Pottstown, PA
by newbeone Yesterday at 7:46 am

» Advice and Preparations for Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:25 am

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:17 am

» Bare Root Fruit Trees
by countrynaturals 2/25/2017, 7:13 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/25/2017, 6:12 pm

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by sanderson 2/25/2017, 4:25 pm

» Winter Gardens - Photos
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/25/2017, 12:45 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 2/25/2017, 12:23 pm

» One Very Happy Earthworm!
by countrynaturals 2/25/2017, 11:14 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Good article on peat, coir, rice hulls, etc.

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Good article on peat, coir, rice hulls, etc.

Post  ander217 on 9/15/2010, 7:37 am

I read the thread about replacing peat with coir, and we are wondering if rice hulls could also replace peat moss.

We plan to experiment next year with using rice hulls in MM instead of peat. (We have a free supply available from the local rice mill who has piles of them rotting in a field. They load them free into our pickup.) Composted rice hulls seem to stay hydrated longer than peat moss, so we hope it might also cut down on watering. It would be making use of a waste product which is another plus.

This links to a very good article which discusses soil amendments, including peat, perlite, vermiculite, rice hulls, and coir.

http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-6097.pdf

We'll let you know next year how our experiment works. We're calling it "Mel's Mix - Southern style".

ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Good article on peat, coir, rice hulls, etc.

Post  junequilt on 9/15/2010, 6:28 pm

Great article -- thanks for posting!

Among other things, it highlights the fact that not all peat moss is created equal. Some bales are incredibly hydrophobic, while others will hydrate with little or no effort on the part of the gardener. I've had both types this year.

Also interesting is the proportion of pine bark used in many potting mixes. I had no idea it was so high! We have an old, gradually deteriorating pile of pine bark nuggets, and I occasionally screen it for small particles and add them to planters when I am potting up. Here are two hypertufa planters in which I used about 1/3 pine bark, 1/3 very coarse sand, and 1/3 peat moss mixed with compost.


junequilt

Posts : 319
Join date : 2010-03-22
Location : Columbia, SC (Zone 8)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum