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elaineo wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:57 pm Do you have Harbor Freight in your location? https://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools ... 56705.html
I've looked at this before. It just seems weird to put glass in your grow mix BUT...what is the main ingredient in glass? ;) Hmmm, I may just re-look at that blasting media. Thanks for reminding us about this, elaineo!!!! :D Are you using it?
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I was stumbling around the Internet, once again searching for the unicorn, when I stumbled upon "well pack sand"...used in well drilling, both petro and water. It appears there are several grades/sizes of this. It might be worth it to visit a well-drilling company if you have one near.
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Intheswamp wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:56 pm I've looked at this before. It just seems weird to put glass in your grow mix BUT...what is the main ingredient in glass? ;) Hmmm, I may just re-look at that blasting media. Thanks for reminding us about this, elaineo!!!! :D Are you using it?
No, IMO the benefits of silica sand are not enough to justify the added expense over perlite. But I'm a cheapskate :b
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Speaking of cheap and perlite, Home Depot has added a bunch of perlite options to their online site, including extra chunky varieties. They now have Vigoro in a 1 cubic foot chunky bag and 4 cubic feet of their regular variety. I'm considering trying the Grow!T Super Coarse Perlite. And shipping is free on the perlite.
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FWIW, I've tried pool filter sand in the past, and the potting mix seemed to develop the anaerobic sulfur smell much sooner than when using perlite. Then I thought about it -- the purpose of pool filter sand is to trap dirt/debris/contaminants, and only let clean water go through. Why would I want my potting mix to do the same?
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elaineo wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 7:57 pm FWIW, I've tried pool filter sand in the past, and the potting mix seemed to develop the anaerobic sulfur smell much sooner than when using perlite. Then I thought about it -- the purpose of pool filter sand is to trap dirt/debris/contaminants, and only let clean water go through. Why would I want my potting mix to do the same?
I am unable to use perlite. It molds way too quickly here in the PNW. Does regular silica sand experience this also?
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andynorth wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 8:03 pm I am unable to use perlite. It molds way too quickly here in the PNW. Does regular silica sand experience this also?
Is it actual mold, or algae or cyanobacteria? The pool filter sand I used grew algae and cyanobacteria, moreso than perlite. I don't think I've seen mold here other than on my shower wall.
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elaineo wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 7:45 pm
Intheswamp wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:56 pm I've looked at this before. It just seems weird to put glass in your grow mix BUT...what is the main ingredient in glass? ;) Hmmm, I may just re-look at that blasting media. Thanks for reminding us about this, elaineo!!!! :D Are you using it?
No, IMO the benefits of silica sand are not enough to justify the added expense over perlite. But I'm a cheapskate :b
We may be kin!!!! :mrgreen:
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Panman wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 7:51 pm Speaking of cheap and perlite, Home Depot has added a bunch of perlite options to their online site, including extra chunky varieties. They now have Vigoro in a 1 cubic foot chunky bag and 4 cubic feet of their regular variety. I'm considering trying the Grow!T Super Coarse Perlite. And shipping is free on the perlite.
Hmmm, I'll have to take a look. I bought a 2 cu ft bag of the regular Vigoro last year from HD and I've got about a fourth of it left. If I stick with perlite (probably will) I'm gonna need more if I go ahead with my mini-bog dream. Yep, I like the free perlite shipping from HD!!!! Thanks for the heads'up.
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elaineo wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 8:24 pm
andynorth wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 8:03 pm I am unable to use perlite. It molds way too quickly here in the PNW. Does regular silica sand experience this also?
Is it actual mold, or algae or cyanobacteria? The pool filter sand I used grew algae and cyanobacteria, moreso than perlite. I don't think I've seen mold here other than on my shower wall.
It's mold. Turns pink and then green. If it does not move around here it turns green.
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Hmmm, I always thought the green on my perlite was algae...it never goes to the "thickening stage" as it seems molds do. We may have two different things going on. Or, maybe I've been wrong in what I thought mine is...??? I dunno. :?:
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andynorth wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 8:45 pm It's mold. Turns pink and then green. If it does not move around here it turns green.
Are they outside, with airflow? Sand is as stationary as perlite, so I would expect it to gather mold as well. Some indoor growers use sulfur fungicide or trichoderma but haven't tried them myself.
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elaineo wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 9:16 pm
andynorth wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 8:45 pm It's mold. Turns pink and then green. If it does not move around here it turns green.
Are they outside, with airflow? Sand is as stationary as perlite, so I would expect it to gather mold as well. Some indoor growers use sulfur fungicide or trichoderma but haven't tried them myself.
Does not make a difference. I have had them outside turn green and inside. It's our humid environment.
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