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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Dirt question

Can you use dirt straight from the garden? Sure I've heard of people doing this but wanted to check.

Edit: Gah this was meant for the substrate section sorry!

Fraternity of dirt no. 60.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 09:02 PM
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Yes, but theres always risk even if you do boil and sanitize it.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 09:08 PM
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You would want to make sure you use dirt from an area that didn't have any pesticides used in recent history, or other sort of pollutants (I'd be a bit hesitant to use stuff near a big highway or any sort of industrial center, but that might be excessive worrying)

Also, it would depend on what your soil type is. I would think mostly loam is what you want, just throwing down a few clods of clay probably wouldn't be too helpful.

but, if terrestrial plants seem to grow well enough in it, it will probably be ok.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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It's mostly clay. I'll just buy something! Used John Innes 3 before but it sent my already hard water off the chart because of the lime.

Fraternity of dirt no. 60.

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