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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Dose this look like Mineralized Soil Substrate to you? 56k warning!

So I followed the stinky in on the forum that walks one through the process of making topsoil mineralized an this is what I've ended up with.
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I'd like to read what you guys think of the end product. I completed the dirt treatment process a few months ago and have just had this stuff sitting in the rubber tub since then. I keep looking at the pictures provided in the sticky and thinking.... this is looking FUBAR to me. I'm probably going to use it anyway to see what happens but I just want to read your opinions.

I can't for the life of me remember the brand of topsoil I used this time but I know it was cheap. I actually tried this with a bag of Scotts Premium Topsoil once before, I think I ended up with more peat moss than soil I may have sifted a little too much. LOL This time I decided to forgo the sifting process, it just seems off to me.

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no it doesn't as the organics are still intact

this is how my batch looked dry after mixing the clay powder in.



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Part of the process described in the sticky for MTS is to run it through a screen to remove all of those pieces of wood. It doesn't look like you did that part, but you could do it now. Of course you then have a lot less material left to use.

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Man that is a lot of sticks. I wonder why do those companies put that much in there in the first place?

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That great, I have the first batch I tried and I thought the stuff was too much like a powder like wkndracer picture. I decided not to sift with a screen in this batch(the batch in the pictured) so Hoppy is correct. If I combined the first batch I did with the second after I sift it out I should be in good shape. Thx to all the pic helped a bunch.

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Well it's been a long day but I still found the time to sift the dirt from the wood. I thought it would be nice to show everyone what the results of the sifting looked like. It's kind of like sand now pretty dusty stuff. Now I have to soak the clay and add it. I would let it dry but it's way too cold here.


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Mine looked just like wkndracer's. I took extra time to do the rinsing and drying of mine (twice a week for 3 months). When I was finished mine was a very fine powder, almost like powdered sugar, only dark red/brown. I dug my dirt from outside, so I only had to sift out roots and bits of grass and rock. Mine worked real well for about 6 months, but I've had to add root tabs like crazy after that. I think my layer was too thin and additives were too sparse. I only used less than 1/2". I was afraid it would compact. I have tons left over, so this summer I'm going to ditch the inert gravel cap, wash the mts out, and start over with twice as much soil base and cap with fluorite.
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doesn't it compact because it's so fine?

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If its only an inch or less thick and filled with roots, i doubt you're gonna run into problems of compacting.
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