- Sun May 02, 2021 8:56 pm
Most people I know when looking at needing a lot of media at the ready go buy a bale of peat, a bag of perlite, and a five or ten gallon plastic tote with a lid from the big box hardware store. Then they'll dry mix up a big batch of media at about a 2:1 peat:perlite, maybe 3:1, then all they have to do is scoop some out and rehydrate it. If you want less perlite, mix in a little peat into what you scooped out. More perlite, same thing, just mix in more perlite. You then have your own pre-mixed soil waiting for you. Mix with water as needed.
I know one member will dry mix up 20 gallon totes with about 15 gallons of media. Then, a couple days before he repots his plants, he'll add water to where things are floating almost to the top of the tote and let it sit, covered, until he's ready. He might have to add more water and mix it a bit, but it mostly absorbs the water over the time it sits.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that I make bad decisions.