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why does soil crust
#167305 March 11th, 2007 at 02:00 AM
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Every time I start seeds, the soil always crusts and goes hard at the top...why? I've never been able to successfully sprout anything


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#167306 March 11th, 2007 at 02:30 AM
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What kind of soil are you using??

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are you keeping it evenly and constantly moist??

just some misting every day or so should do it...the crusting is probably because the soil is drying out...

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#167308 March 11th, 2007 at 02:21 PM
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I'm using potting soil, and on the back it says to mist every day lightly to start seeds


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#167309 March 11th, 2007 at 07:40 PM
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Kenny,
Try adding a little peat--it helps retain moisture. I always add it and my soil never gets crusty on top. I mix about 1 part peat to 3 parts potting soil. You should be able to find small bags of it at Wal Mart.


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Yeah - and compost helps.

Your hardening is probably clay.

I couldn't figure this out, then last year I spread mulch on a slope that was dumping clay into my fence garden every time it rained.

I also put some bricks in there - the mulch and bricks prevented it from going into my planting area.

I'll probably have to work on it again this year.

Peat moss is good for building up the soil and improving it.


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Try planting seeds in a little shade..Maybe too hot .

Put a plastic bag over the wet area ..helps.

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#167312 March 16th, 2007 at 02:21 AM
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Yes, I too would like to know the name of
the potting soil you're using????


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#167313 March 16th, 2007 at 01:34 PM
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The brand's schultz, 'made and manufactured in canada' It doesn't crust anymore now that it's in the small heated greenhouse thingy, I used to just mist lightly, turns out I need more water shocked shocked shocked thanks everyone!


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Good for Schultz.....

Happy St patricks day..;o)


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