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Post  ttx599 5/28/2013, 5:32 pm

I have noticed this year that the top layer of soil in my SFG is very hard and almost "crunchy" When I break through this top layer, it is the great loose Mel's Mix but the top is hardened. When I was watering this weekend, it took a few minutes for the water to be absorbed and drain through the top layer. I don't recall this ever happening before. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Post  camprn 5/28/2013, 6:02 pm

Water well your mix then place a thin layer (1")of homemade compost on the top. this will act as a kind of mulch, retain moisture, allow air flow and I find make the top crustiness go away. Another thing you may do is simply cultivate the top layer periodically.

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Post  No_Such_Reality 5/28/2013, 6:21 pm

I've had that problem in the past with high dry temps and too much peat in the soilmix. Water it, mix in a little compost and as Camp says, layer a mulch.
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Post  ttx599 5/28/2013, 8:30 pm

Just so I understand correctly... add compost to the top to act as a mulch?
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Post  camprn 5/28/2013, 8:31 pm

ttx599 wrote:Just so I understand correctly... add compost to the top to act as a mulch?
Yup, that's what I meant. What a Face

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