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Adventures In Gardening, Part 2

Not A Green Thumb back with a follow up to my last post. I knew repotting all my succulents would be a massive undertaking, and it is. Just preparing the Gritty Mix is a day’s work when doing in bulk. This post is to show you the steps for that.

firstly, let me say that I am not a gardener, I do not profess to be one, and I don’t even play one on TV. When I share something with you, I’m not telling you that this is the way it must be done. I’m merely showing you what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. And we all know I’m learning as I go

I’ve picked out a few plants that I want to get repotted today.

But as you can see, I have many many more to do. This will be a project that I complete over the next month or two. The only reason that I am able to do it now is because I live in a little bit of a warmer climate that doesn’t see cold cold winters.

Let‘s prep some Gritty Mix. In no particular order, I add the ingredients. I started today with the poultry grit—crushed granite, if you’re curious.

Next up is the Repti Bark. If I find a source for the Pine Bark Fines, I will have to screen it first to get out pieces too large and too small. Repti Bark is the perfect size but more expensive to use. (Perhaps the time savings would make it worth it.)

Finally, I add the Floor Dri—diatomaceous earth, if you’re curious.

Once everything is in in equal parts, I mix together very well. This is what it looks like...

Not done yet though. The mix is very dusty at this point and needs to be rinsed. I do this with a sieve at my kitchen sink.

I continue rinsing for a moment or two after the water runs clear.

Then I take it outside to an iron patio table for drying. I cut a section of screen to fit over the table that keeps the mix from falling while allowing air flow from the bottom. I can put three sieves of mix out at one time and keep the layer pretty thin. It’s a nice day here so the mix is drying quickly.

Once it’s dry, I dump it in to a tote, and it’s ready for use. And I’m ready to rinse the next batch.

That‘s it. A whole lot of work, but I’m excited to see the results this spring and summer.

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