My containers that have a mix from last year have a pretty good amount pine bark and compost. Its been great in the containers. They hold a very reasonable amount of water but not so much its muddy. I have a couple left to fill. When i checked them the other day with a trowel i was amazed how nice they felt. Almost fluffy but not dried out.
I got a couple more this year in a test mix with even more aged pine bark fines. Drainage is stellar but it doesn't look "alive" like my old mix. So its time for some tea probably. I added worm castings to it already. I think it just needs a little bump in the right direction.
I keep a small compost pile in my little ground plot. The different in how the soil feels is dramatic. No tilling is needed. I just rake it out onto the surface of the plot weeks before planting. You can easily dig a hole with a hand trowel and its full of worms. Teas are just another way to achieve a similar effect.....Encourage a living soil.
Edited by ShowMeDaSauce, 19 May 2018 - 09:01 AM.