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#1 Coz_Aholic

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:02 PM

Is there any decent soil on the island that can be purchased for gardening or do I have to spend on expensive potting soil does anyone compost and want to sell some fertalizer? I am new to this, so advise from you old hands with green thumbs will be appriciated. I am doing a bunch of the upside down planters also. Gracias
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:45 PM

The garden place on Av. 65 and Airport Rd usually has a stack of bags of dirt, not sure of the price.

For compost, there was a guy on Facebook awhile back that was selling "vermicompost" Adrian Medina cell number is 987-1131031 or e-mail psdn1@hotmail.com He also has worms.

If you need manure (horse) talk to Liliana Hough 987-1199828

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 07:49 PM

Thanks Erin. Does Adrian speak english do you know? Also is there a place to buy some peet moss?
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:22 PM

Paula what do you use for areating media? I have not seen an availability of perlite here so what can be used?
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:51 PM

The only "normal" garden supplies I have seen on the island had been sent from Cuernavaca. I have never been to the hydroponic Tomato farm off the Carretera Transversal. You could check there or perhaps someone knows their growing medium.

WalMart sells Perlite in the U.S., but I didn't see it listed in products for WalMart Mexico. You could check if available and in Spanish, it would be Perlita. The "soil" on the island is terrible; contains lots of clay, Ph can be off the charts, it can be tricky to get clean, suitable sand. Perlite would be good for anything, but is especially good for starting seeds, cuttings etc. It's great for promoting root growth. Personally, if I wanted to garden (anything), I'd stick with containers and/or raised beds. You could then add some compost for nutrients besides fertilizers.

There is always MercadoLibre: http://articulo.merc...semillasndd-_JM

1kg de PERLITA

SUTRATO MINERAL.
LIGERO IDEAL PARA JARDINES Y HORTALIZAS EN TECHO, TERRAZAS Y PAREDES.
PERMITE LA AEREACION DEL SUELO, DENAJE Y RETENCION DE HUMEDAD.
RETIENE NUTRIENTES PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LAS PLANTAS EN SU ETAPA INICIAL.
IDEAL PARA EL CULTIVO EN MACETAS Y CONTENEDORES, Y PARA EL CULTIVO EN EL CAMPO.

PREGUNTA POR NUETROS ENVIOS COMBINADOS PERLITA, PEAT MOSS Y HUMUS

They ship Estafeta Land and given the light weight, shipping costs should be relatively low.
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:30 AM

Thank You Charles. It is 85 pesos to ship 1 KG. I will probably go that route if I can not find something else to use. I am starting my seedlings in small containers but will need to transplant to 5 gallon buckets and will need to calculate exatly what I will need. So far I am going to use potting soil to start seedlings but switch to the purchased top soil mixed with the compost mix and whatever I use for the perlita.
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:21 AM

I'm pretty sure Adrian speaks English. I haven't seen peat moss, but I haven't really looked either.
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:21 PM

Thanks Erin. Adrian came to my house today and was a super help for me.
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:40 PM

Excellent! I don't have a green thumb, but when my mom comes to visit, I need to be prepared ;)
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