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Is this all purposeppotting soil good for the Walstad method?

This is the only soil I can get my hands on at the moment. It's sold at the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar store. The ingredients just say that it's made from multiple different animal manure, but doesn't list how much nitrogen, potash, etc., is in it. I don't believe there is anything extra like peat, perlite, or mulch. I does not say it's organic though which has me concerned.
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Welcome to the forums! I'm not sure what the contents of that bag might be, sorry to say. If you open it and see any white beads, that's likely perlite and will float in water at least at first. I'm a big advocate of straining soil through a fine mesh and keeping only the finest particles. I've found glass, twist ties, plastic shards and a beer cap in the last couple of years from straining potting soils, and that's all been "organic." I also think to some degree that more is less as soil goes, and have had much better luck putting a 1/2" layer down under my gravel than when I've used a thicker layer. Others may well have differing experiences, just sharing what works for me. If your water turns green in a week or algae grows like mad, there's certainly something in there that you don't want and it's hard to remove a base layer of dirt once you've hardscaped and planted a tank so I'd be of the mind to use it for houseplants and wait on something else. You could always try a jar or smaller tank I suppose and see?

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