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07/12/2012 at 12:29
what do the gardeners from gardeners world us there potting soil? It looks like a kind or very small stones about two to four millimeters .Is it a kind of grit ore something else? They also springel some of it on top of een potted plant. Are there better things i can use? what is the name of that product.?
07/12/2012 at 12:49

Hi Dutch Ellen.

I lived in Groningen for a year working at the hospital. Had a great time

What I use is horticultural grit which makes a good draining compost and sprinkled on top also aids drainage and stops moss or algae growing on the surface.

07/12/2012 at 13:55

a very light grit not your road or gravel grit.

07/12/2012 at 14:05

alpine grit is good but hard to find (around here anyway) I went to the pet shop part of the GC and got aquarium gravel. Comes in various grades and colours and is clean.

07/12/2012 at 16:58

For some plants I do use road grit, that is the 7mm. limestone stuff. Only for lime loving plants of course. even that is hard to get hold of though, in smal bags.

07/12/2012 at 18:40
nigel coad nice to kwow jou liked it in Groningen. I live at the other side of the netherlands, next to zeeland.
I have a question, where can i buy that?
07/12/2012 at 18:42
can i use litter box grid instead?
07/12/2012 at 18:52

That is cat litter??-would not think so

07/12/2012 at 21:14

No, it tends to fall to pieces when it gets wet and clogs up the compost. The grit is to help drainage not keep moisture in.

07/12/2012 at 23:47

I get my grit at garden centres but can also get from DIY stores and builders merchants

08/12/2012 at 00:53

Hi Dutch-Ellen, try searching for "tuinbouw grind", which I think means 'horticultural gravel' in Dutch.  Also "moraine grind".  Look for a mix with quoted grain size mix of about 1 to 6mm (1/6) or 2 to 4mm (2/4) although you could get wide range mix (eg 0/8) and sieve (zeef?) it yourself.

08/12/2012 at 06:14

I tried to get some earlier in the year from garden centres but everyone was out of stock so I ordered some Westland Horticultural Potting Grit from Amazon - it was £14.99 for 20kg including delivery - a bit pricey but when you take the delivery into account it seems ok.  It'll last me ages.  

It is very heavy tho' - I needed my OH to help me tip it into a small dustbin by the greenhouse.

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