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10/05/2014 at 20:56

Is the sharp sand (not building sand )from Homebase/Wicks etc the same as the Garden Centers stuff please 

10/05/2014 at 20:59

Hi Alan, yes mate - I always buy sharp sand from builder's merchants as it's much cheaper than GCs.

10/05/2014 at 21:01

I've got some sharp sand from the builders merchants - seems fine.

Alan - how are you doing? 

10/05/2014 at 21:02

just the answer i was hoping for Bob , many thanks matey,Cheers

10/05/2014 at 21:13

Hi Dove ,im out the wheelchair now on one or two crutches depends how i feel, and after 7 weeks the neck collar comes off next Tuesday,( i Hope ) manage to get to the greenhouse sometimes as well,its mostly getting there now bit by bit, and i think a new Halls greenhouse might be in the offing the one with the workers sitting on the top in  there  advert, a nice 10x8 hopefully , hope your doing ok,  PS and talk about wind weve had to add more stakes to the new trees Kates planted its blowing like agooden Cheers  Alan

10/05/2014 at 21:57

I live in a non-English speaking country. How would I know if my sand was "sharp" or not?

10/05/2014 at 22:07

Sharp sand has lots of different grain sizes and bits of small grit and looks like this:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45350.jpg?width=412&height=350&mode=max

Builder's sand is much finer, more uniform in grain size and usually a darker brown colour.

10/05/2014 at 22:14

Thanks. I think I have the right thing then…. probably.

11/05/2014 at 08:40

Alan - glad to hear things are going well - keep it up 

11/05/2014 at 10:57

The two main types of sand sold by builder's merchants is red sand (for making mortar) and concrete sand....I suspect the latter, is the one (which is coarser) is the type being referred to above. 

11/05/2014 at 11:00

Some builder's sand is from sea-dredging - you may want to get 'washed' sand to ensure it's not too salty for your plants.

11/05/2014 at 11:36

Good point, Dove...I think the expensive stuff is riverbed sand.

11/05/2014 at 12:47

I use sharp sand from builders merchants to help the drainage when mixed with compost. I increase the ratios for cuttings; it works well, it was a builder who advised me to use it and his veg always grow very well.

12/05/2014 at 10:58

All good info on ere folks just the job, and oh by the way do builders use any type of grit, you know the type for putting on top of the pots to help keep in the moisture as i find the G/c very expensive AND the sun is almost out today ere in Norfolk.

12/05/2014 at 21:05

If you are using sharp sand on its own (for something like a heated bed), then I would use horticultural sand as it has no salt. If mixed with compost then builders sharp sand will do (and cheaper).

 

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