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Oops! My sincere apologies about this. It means I have to go back to the drawing board. I know my grow mix is very rich in Biota and has a more complete range of nutrients. What I have now come to realise (especially after studying an analysis of Searles Premium mix) is that my mix does not have the plant growth boosters that it has. This is I now realise a deficiency in my mix. (Although there is a caution here – too much booster and plants grow weak and attract insects to attack it). It’s back to the drawing board for me. It will probably take me another couple of months to change the mix , add more growth boosters in balance and trial it out.

I am glad to hear of the water retentive capacity of my mix.

Thanks for the feedback. Every hurdle brings you that much closer to success if you learn from the hurdle. I will now create a mix that is Nutrient rich, biota rich and gives good growth.

Once I have done this and been satisfied with its performance I will replace all the ones that you have bought from me. 

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Comment by Lissa on March 2, 2016 at 5:36

Keep an eye on the trial Ismail, still early days. The Searles plant booster might give an early promotion to growth but not the long term assistance that they need.

Dianne has used her own mix. Probably a better indicator.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 1, 2016 at 18:24

Ismail I am sure you will be all the richer for the experience.

Rob what a wonderful recovery. Did you use Mushroom Compost from the Mushroom Farm as I have found it to yellow the plants for a while when first put on? Also I have found it does tend to hold a lot of moisture.

Comment by Rob Collings on March 1, 2016 at 12:12

Hi Ismail. I've seen plants in my new wicking bed (1 year ago) show similar growth to the one's in the Nutri-Organics trough. The mix I had in the wicking bed was rich (mix of plain potting mix, several bags of mushroom compost, coco peat, aged cow manure from bunnings) and organic extra pallets. 

The bean was the canary, showing yellowing and stunted growth, however all plants in the shot below did not perform or produce. When I pulled one of the wicking bed bean plants last year, the roots showed signs of rot. (Note, I cannot find a photo from when the plants were at their worse, about 6 weeks after this photo was taken, also mid-summer)

The issue In my early wicking beds, seemed to be a nitrogen draw issue, as it seamed to have plenty of food (the nitrogen draw was possibly from too wet, anaerobic conditions).

Since then, I believe time (recovery) and running the wicking beds dryer (longer times between waterings), have contributed to better plant health. Below is a shot from yesterday (with 2 more beds in shot).

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