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Best soil choice from Lowes or Home Depot?

osujudoman
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Hey guys, I can’t afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc.

What I’d like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk, from components I can get cheap locally.

I can get 4cu ft of perlite for about $12 and a bushel of peat moss for about the same.

However, when I got to Lowes or HD there are a bunch of different options and I’m not sure what would be best. A lot of them are ‘pre-fertilized’ claiming their soil mix will feed for months.

I’m pretty sure I should stay away from the ‘pre-fertilized’ mixes since I’m going to be adding my own nutrients. The same with the mixes that already have perlite added.

So once again, what soil do you guys recommend that is carred at either Lowes or Home Depot?

genisis
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bigtomatofarmer
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Different strains will react differently depending on the brand of soil.
For instance, Blueberry (indica) is a strain that does not require alot of nutrients, so nuteburn will be easier than a 100% sativa, like durban poison.
Therefore, someone who grew a sativa with miracle grow, may have success, while Blueberry will not.

In my experience, I have tried many many soils from Homedepot. I dont like any of them.
I grew Early Misty in Scotts premium soil and it turned out ok.
Miracle Grow Organic (and it must be the organic, not time release or moisture control) is the best in my awesome opinion. No big chunks, slightly acidic ph, and low content of nutrients.

That was a long time ago though. Now I am a big supporter of Fox Farm. I know its expensive, but trust me, its worth it. Check the link in my sig for the journal. I grow in Fox Farm Oceans Forrest and I couldnt be happier.

bigtomatofarmer
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soil that has those large chunks (bark) is really not any good. It can cause the bonsai effect and stunt your growth at an early age.

the medium you choose for your plants is one of the most important decisions you can make when growing.

spend the money, it will be worth it

fish601
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satch
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jeff f
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Old Fat Hippy
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Hey guys, I can’t afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc.

What I’d like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk, from components I can get cheap locally.

I can get 4cu ft of perlite for about $12 and a bushel of peat moss for about the same.

However, when I got to Lowes or HD there are a bunch of different options and I’m not sure what would be best. A lot of them are ‘pre-fertilized’ claiming their soil mix will feed for months.

I’m pretty sure I should stay away from the ‘pre-fertilized’ mixes since I’m going to be adding my own nutrients. The same with the mixes that already have perlite added.

So once again, what soil do you guys recommend that is carred at either Lowes or Home Depot?

I was in the same position a year ago. thinking about growing and feeling despair looking around for affordable GOOD soil. Miracle Grow AINT it, LOL. I know, cuz I TRIED it. Then I made my oin mix out of peat, mushroom comost and a little perlite.
Then I read some post about this thing called a “Hempy Bucket”. “What? Growing MJ in JUST perlite mixed with vermiculite?” I kept reading. and decided I HAD to try a Hempy. Best decision I ever made.

I urge you to do a google of “Hempy Bucket” and read for yourself!
Basically, you get a BIG bag of perlite, which is cheap and a smaller bag of vermiculite, which is also cheap. rinse hell out of the perlite, because it is dusty. then get a container—can be a 3 gal bicket, or a plastic one gal tea pitcher like I use, from Walmart! You drill a half inch hole two inches above the bottom for a “resevoir”. Mix three parts perlit with one part verm. Fill your container and poke in your clone or seedling.
Water daily for a week or two until the root has had time to grow enough to reach the 2″ res at the bottom. Then. begin watering with nutes. You will be amazed—CHEAP, plus you can re-use the perlite/verm, grow after grow. Just soak in a weak bleach solution, theh rinse the hell out of it and let it dry to evaporate off any bleach that might be left.

The Hempy is the most simple and basic hydro, really. The perlite suspends the plant and the roots reach down to the two inches of nutes always at the bottom. The verm helps to hold some moisture in the perlite, so the young roots can stay moist even before they reach the res.
I’ll hunt for a pic of my “Hempy Pitchers” and post it after this post, if you want to see what they look like. Im pretty sure I have a pic. just gotta look form it, LOL.

Hey guys, I can't afford to do my entire grow with the expensive soil mixes like from Fox Farms, etc. What I'd like to do is make my own soil mix, in bulk…

Where is the best soil from – Home Depot, Walmart, Ronas etc

  • Apr 3, 2017
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  • Tino123
    New Member
    • Apr 3, 2017
  • #2
  • KingJoe83
    Grow Journal of the Month: July 2017

    Re: What is the best soil from (Home Depot, Walmart, Ronas. etc)

    • Apr 3, 2017
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  • Hash Hound
    Plant of The Month: 2012 – Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016, June 2017

    Re: What is the best soil from (Home Depot, Walmart, Ronas. etc)

    I was surprised to see Dr Earth products at the Depot last week.

    They have a few or their nutes and SOILS. I have used Dr Earth Pot of Gold with good results.
    I think it’s similar to soil they market specifically for mj use in legal states.

    They also carry a Kellogg line.

    I have plants in a mixture of Roots Lite, Dr Earth-Pot of Gold, and Kellogg-Raised Bed.
    amended with some powdered nutes, feeding very lightly with Roots Organic stuff.
    The plants are doing fantastic.

    I like to mix different soils to cover more bases.
    I just purchased Kellogg-Potting Soil and will use that in the mix next time.
    you can check them out at the company’s website’s

    If you really want a good soil try to find ProMix HP and get Doc’s High Brix kit and amaze yourself and others
    I have used that a bunch and blew myself and others away with the step up in quality from even my best organic grows.

    except maybe this current one, these are @6 weeks, 2 or 3 more to go in the previous mentioned soil
    and stickier and smellier than most others I have grown.
    good luck and happy growing
    HH

    look at that Dinachem packing on frost and praying up to the light.

    The WW likes the soil, but I don’t think it liked being watered bottom feed only in a EcoGro Pot.

    • Apr 3, 2017
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  • KingJoe83
    Grow Journal of the Month: July 2017

    Re: What is the best soil from (Home Depot, Walmart, Ronas. etc)

    I was surprised to see Dr Earth products at the Depot last week.

    They have a few or their nutes and SOILS. I have used Dr Earth Pot of Gold with good results.
    I think it’s similar to soil they market specifically for mj use in legal states.

    They also carry a Kellogg line.

    I have plants in a mixture of Roots Lite, Dr Earth-Pot of Gold, and Kellogg-Raised Bed.
    amended with some powdered nutes, feeding very lightly with Roots Organic stuff.
    The plants are doing fantastic.

    I like to mix different soils to cover more bases.
    I just purchased Kellogg-Potting Soil and will use that in the mix next time.
    you can check them out at the company’s website’s

    If you really want a good soil try to find ProMix HP and get Doc’s High Brix kit and amaze yourself and others
    I have used that a bunch and blew myself and others away with the step up in quality from even my best organic grows.

    except maybe this current one, these are @6 weeks, 2 or 3 more to go in the previous mentioned soil
    and stickier and smellier than most others I have grown.
    good luck and happy growing
    HH

    look at that Dinachem packing on frost and praying up to the light.

    The WW likes the soil, but I don’t think it liked being watered bottom feed only in a EcoGro Pot.

    • Apr 3, 2017
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  • KingJoe83
    Grow Journal of the Month: July 2017

    Re: What is the best soil from (Home Depot, Walmart, Ronas. etc)

    • Apr 3, 2017
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  • Hash Hound
    Plant of The Month: 2012 – Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016, June 2017

    Re: What is the best soil from (Home Depot, Walmart, Ronas. etc)

    Doc Buds High Brix Kit. you buy the ProMix HP and worm castings, then add the Kits amendment and cook for a month. and then you use foliar sprays and drenches and recharge. check out his stuff. Its a lot of reading, but these guys are knocking it out of the park.
    look at his pics at about the middle of this page.
    Doc Bud – High Brix Q&A With Pictures

    then if you think thats what you wanna do, read at least the beginnings of each of his last few brix journals and see how easy it really is.
    His In the Lab journal explains it all too. You’ll wanna ask a bunch of questions, but the guys will just tell you to start reading, so read a bit and you’ll get the gist of it. The kit is reasonably priced compared to buying a bottle of this and that and ending up with a few hundred dollars of nutes.

    and the more you reuse the soil the better it gets. I got 6 grows of 4 plants from the kit and it got better and better (the kit is designed for 6 7gl pots)
    I always had a 1/3 of a batch of soil sitting and then I would add the previous grow mix it up and grow another 4.

    I have followed him since hempy buckets, organics, mineralized soils and then his own High Brix Kit.
    You can see by my pics he helped me become a good grower.

    • Apr 3, 2017
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  • KingJoe83
    Grow Journal of the Month: July 2017

    Re: What is the best soil from (Home Depot, Walmart, Ronas. etc)

    Doc Buds High Brix Kit. you buy the ProMix HP and worm castings, then add the Kits amendment and cook for a month. and then you use foliar sprays and drenches and recharge. check out his stuff. Its a lot of reading, but these guys are knocking it out of the park.
    look at his pics at about the middle of this page.
    Doc Bud – High Brix Q&A With Pictures

    then if you think thats what you wanna do, read at least the beginnings of each of his last few brix journals and see how easy it really is.
    His In the Lab journal explains it all too. You’ll wanna ask a bunch of questions, but the guys will just tell you to start reading, so read a bit and you’ll get the gist of it. The kit is reasonably priced compared to buying a bottle of this and that and ending up with a few hundred dollars of nutes.

    and the more you reuse the soil the better it gets. I got 6 grows of 4 plants from the kit and it got better and better (the kit is designed for 6 7gl pots)
    I always had a 1/3 of a batch of soil sitting and then I would add the previous grow mix it up and grow another 4.

    I have followed him since hempy buckets, organics, mineralized soils and then his own High Brix Kit.
    You can see by my pics he helped me become a good grower.

    Looking for the best soil from local stores I live near almost every major store just not sure what would be the best choice