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Best soil choice from Lowes or Home Depot?

osujudoman
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Hey guys, I can’t afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc.

What I’d like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk, from components I can get cheap locally.

I can get 4cu ft of perlite for about $12 and a bushel of peat moss for about the same.

However, when I got to Lowes or HD there are a bunch of different options and I’m not sure what would be best. A lot of them are ‘pre-fertilized’ claiming their soil mix will feed for months.

I’m pretty sure I should stay away from the ‘pre-fertilized’ mixes since I’m going to be adding my own nutrients. The same with the mixes that already have perlite added.

So once again, what soil do you guys recommend that is carred at either Lowes or Home Depot?

genisis
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bigtomatofarmer
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Different strains will react differently depending on the brand of soil.
For instance, Blueberry (indica) is a strain that does not require alot of nutrients, so nuteburn will be easier than a 100% sativa, like durban poison.
Therefore, someone who grew a sativa with miracle grow, may have success, while Blueberry will not.

In my experience, I have tried many many soils from Homedepot. I dont like any of them.
I grew Early Misty in Scotts premium soil and it turned out ok.
Miracle Grow Organic (and it must be the organic, not time release or moisture control) is the best in my awesome opinion. No big chunks, slightly acidic ph, and low content of nutrients.

That was a long time ago though. Now I am a big supporter of Fox Farm. I know its expensive, but trust me, its worth it. Check the link in my sig for the journal. I grow in Fox Farm Oceans Forrest and I couldnt be happier.

bigtomatofarmer
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soil that has those large chunks (bark) is really not any good. It can cause the bonsai effect and stunt your growth at an early age.

the medium you choose for your plants is one of the most important decisions you can make when growing.

spend the money, it will be worth it

fish601
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satch
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jeff f
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Old Fat Hippy
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Hey guys, I can’t afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc.

What I’d like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk, from components I can get cheap locally.

I can get 4cu ft of perlite for about $12 and a bushel of peat moss for about the same.

However, when I got to Lowes or HD there are a bunch of different options and I’m not sure what would be best. A lot of them are ‘pre-fertilized’ claiming their soil mix will feed for months.

I’m pretty sure I should stay away from the ‘pre-fertilized’ mixes since I’m going to be adding my own nutrients. The same with the mixes that already have perlite added.

So once again, what soil do you guys recommend that is carred at either Lowes or Home Depot?

I was in the same position a year ago. thinking about growing and feeling despair looking around for affordable GOOD soil. Miracle Grow AINT it, LOL. I know, cuz I TRIED it. Then I made my oin mix out of peat, mushroom comost and a little perlite.
Then I read some post about this thing called a “Hempy Bucket”. “What? Growing MJ in JUST perlite mixed with vermiculite?” I kept reading. and decided I HAD to try a Hempy. Best decision I ever made.

I urge you to do a google of “Hempy Bucket” and read for yourself!
Basically, you get a BIG bag of perlite, which is cheap and a smaller bag of vermiculite, which is also cheap. rinse hell out of the perlite, because it is dusty. then get a container—can be a 3 gal bicket, or a plastic one gal tea pitcher like I use, from Walmart! You drill a half inch hole two inches above the bottom for a “resevoir”. Mix three parts perlit with one part verm. Fill your container and poke in your clone or seedling.
Water daily for a week or two until the root has had time to grow enough to reach the 2″ res at the bottom. Then. begin watering with nutes. You will be amazed—CHEAP, plus you can re-use the perlite/verm, grow after grow. Just soak in a weak bleach solution, theh rinse the hell out of it and let it dry to evaporate off any bleach that might be left.

The Hempy is the most simple and basic hydro, really. The perlite suspends the plant and the roots reach down to the two inches of nutes always at the bottom. The verm helps to hold some moisture in the perlite, so the young roots can stay moist even before they reach the res.
I’ll hunt for a pic of my “Hempy Pitchers” and post it after this post, if you want to see what they look like. Im pretty sure I have a pic. just gotta look form it, LOL.

Hey guys, I can't afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc. What I'd like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk…

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    Perlite at Home Depot

    For those who can’t find perlite without fertilizer a recent trip to two local Home Depots in the LA area showed shelves full of two cubic foot bags of perlite without fertilizer. These are about the size of a sofa seat cushion so be prepared for a lot of perlite if you have a small collection of plants. About $17US.

    And for those small collection growers in California OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) is carrying the Black Gold line of soil amendments including Sphagnum peat moss in two or three different size bags – again without fertilizer. There is also a SuperMoss brand of compressed long fiber sphagnum moss again in two or three sizes. The quality is better than the Mosser-Lee stuff which many of you sneer at but either is better than not having a safe substrate to plant in. OSH sells perlite without fertilizer. Just get a ticket (if in stock) and take it to the register. They’ll load it in your car.

    As always wear a respirator or a dust mask when working with dry perlite.

    Interesting, I wonder if our local HD’s will also start to carry non-fertilized perlite. They haven’t had any for a year or two (non-fertilized peat – they have had). I just recently added some perlite to an order from an orchid supply place.

    Availability may be regional. The perlite is in pale green plastic bags from some company in Arizona. They were in the indoors/covered section.

    Yup. I picked up a large (2.2 cubic feet) bale of compressed peat moss from Lowes @ $12.99 and a large bag (2 cubic feet) of pure perlite from HomeDepot @ $16.99 last week.

    WalMart also carries small bags (8 quarts) of pure perlite- Schultz brand.

    They’re on standby in my garage until February:

    Last edited by joossa; 01-12-2011 at 11:03 PM .

    For those who can’t find perlite without fertilizer a recent trip to two local Home Depots in the LA area showed shelves full of two cubic foot bags o