Oyster shell flour as liming agent

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  1. Hello blades and bladettes, just wanted to make an extra thread to hear some gardeners chime in on what I want to do for my next soil mix. Last time I pretty much did ITG beginner mix and I used dolomite as the liming agent. It seemed to work well at first but I have heard of soil getting too compacted from having dolomite added to it (too much Mag compared to Cal?) So as a hypothesis, If i use 1 cup/cf of oyster shell in my soil mix instead of dolomite the recycled soil might have more available calcium and also be less compacted? Because Im going for no till worm pots  :) Basically can i replace the dolomite with oyster shell and just use dolo if there is ever a Mag deficiency which there shouldn't be if my microbes is rightz

    Yes - and you won't have a magnesium deficiency given the other materials you plan on using like kelp meal, etc.
  3. there is no stumping you coot! lol 
  4. Come on over to the No-till thread, we were discussing this very issue last night and today.
  5. haha I love that one so much, Im still on page 3 of the no till thread. When it comes to no-till I WANT IT ALL, AND I WANT IT NOW haha I'm thinking that bluejays KISS framework for a grow will need to be used by as many people as possible! 
  6. Is this oyster shell flour available locally to you?
    If not, it is silly to pay shipping when you can get calcitic lime at Lowes or HD. Pretty much a 1 to 1 equivalent and ~$15/bag vs ~$45 for shipped OSF.  "Pennington Fast Acting Lime" and if you do a search of the forum there has been pics of the bag posted in several threads.
    BTW, after a number of years using dolomite, I've never noticed any compaction issues in containers using my own soiless mix. I have when I tried the 4-5 cups of rock dust, but when I went back to 1-2 cups of rock dust and 1 cup of dolo the issue went away.
    I could see an issue with soil gardens and long term use of dolo, but my soiless mixes last about 3 years max till the peat breaks down and the mix is discarded to the flower beds.
  7. Hey wet, why not just add more peat to it? It is essentially compost ain't it? Probably the bomb diggity too :D

    Hey btw, I have a plant that smells exactly like your username :lol:

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  8. :laughing:  My wife likes the smell of wet dogs and that's how I chose the name. Hopefully, I don't smell to match. :ey: 
    IDK if she would appreciate smelling it all the time though. The only reason I haven't caught any grief over the strain I've been running for the last 5 years or so is, it has pretty much zero smell to it. That, and being a 2 hit and quit is why I've never looked much for anything different.
    The last stuff I grew (Williams Wonder, early 90's), had such an odeur that I got yelled at for smoking in the house, when all I was doing was cutting up a bud. :eek:  From what I've read, AK 47 seems to be similar in the smell dept, which might explain the wet dog smell of your plants. Very nice looking BTW, I'm impressed.
    Might try adding peat, but usually it's so sludge like it works better spread out in the flower beds or garden than in a container.
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  9. Nice thread, i need to visit the no till thread, im always a little late to class :smoke:
  10. Not to get off topic here but regarding using old soil in the flower beds, that's a great way to recycle/continue using it. I will also just dump my big pots of soil that have been in use for a few years out by the compost heap, and then when I get around to it I'll just add a little of this, a little of that and i run it thru my big screen and its ready to use again, for whatever I need it for. It seems to like being out in the weather for a few months - the old roots break down, more worms find their way into it, and I find that with very minimal re-amending with a bit of kelp, chicken manure pellets, or whatever I have lying around that it's totally ready for use again. I always add more lead mold compost to it. I also use it for potting vegetable plants for the porch.

    However you go about recycling/re-using your soil is a good thing. It never ever "goes bad" or becomes unusable. Once you make a batch of soil you'll have it for a lifetime.

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  11. discusses the meaning of life like its nothing, thats why we love you Jerry! haha but seriously i wish everyone on the planet realized the implications of what you said as far as providing our daily needs for indefinite generations.
    ps i also have quite the compost mound/soil building up out back 0.0
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