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Alan4711

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

BobTheGardener

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

Dovefromabove

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

Alan - how are you doing? 

Alan4711

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

Alan4711

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

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

BobTheGardener

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


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

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

Dovefromabove

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

Dovefromabove

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.

artjak

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.

Alan4711

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.

hogweed

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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