Saturday, April 13, 2013
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Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013
Last week, I have finally transplanted my basil herbs and have added perlite and some plant food to my soil mix. My basil herbs are actually housed in a wide flower pot. I noticed that some of them are not growing that well so I made some research and learned that basil actually needs to be six inches apart because it is somehow greedy since it grows lots of roots.
|harvested basil ready to be transplanted|
Here are some of the great benefits of using perlite:
1) Prevents compaction, which improves aeration and drainage
2) Promotes root initiation and growth
3) Insulates and minimizes temperature fluctuation
4) Holds moisture to your soil mix
5) Helps keep your soil free of weeds, diseases and insects
6) Promotes faster germination to your seeds
Since, I'm recycling my existing soil mix, I just added the perlite and mixed it very well. On top of my soil mix, I have added some fresh poting mix and sprinkled it with some perlite again.
|soil mix before mixing a generous amount of perlite|
|basil after a week with perlite and plant food|
I need to get more of perlite and will use it for my seed planting. I actually have tomato and chives but they didn't germinate at all. Hopefully, the perlite will be my answer.
This post was written by: Mark Ferdinand Tayag
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