Don’s Expert Answers: looking for a place to purchase proper soil (not “made” soil).

Question From:
Melinda White in Cremorne, Sydney New South Wales

Nature of problem:
looking for a place to purchase proper soil (not “made” soil).

Type of Plant (if known):
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Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
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Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
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How often do you water the plant:
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How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
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How long since you planted it:
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Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
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Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
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Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
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What other treatments have you given the plant:
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Answer:
Hi Melinda, I can sort of guess what you are getting at. Almost all soils sold in Sydney and Brisbane now are based on alluvial silt with compost etc added. After a year or two, the alluvial silts tend to perform quite badly – so I do not recommend them. Natural soils are not really sold any more, although you might be able to get some from swimming pool companies who excavate soils during pool construction. There will be some weed problems with these recycled soils, but these are easily managed. I make my own soils from crushed sandstone mixed with bulk compost in a ratio of two parts sandstone to one part compost. Don

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