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Minnesota soil sources?
« on: January 19, 2014, 11:44 AM »
Hello all - I'm having trouble locating a Minnesota source for soil components, wondering if any fellow Minnesotans have any contacts?  Looking for lava, pumice, shale, etc....tired of online sources.

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Re: Minnesota soil sources?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 03:29 PM »
you are in Minnesota, I suggest hitting a feed store, feed & saddle shop, Rural King, or a Farm & Fleet, or similar outlet. Poultry grit, crushed granite, mined in Minnesota is usually "Cherry Stone", a wonderful purple & brown & gray color that looks very natural as a component of a potting mix. Poultry grit comes in various grades, grower grit is relatively fine, layer grit is a bit more coarse, turkey grit is more coarse. So look for cherry stone poultry grit. You are lucky it is locally available. Most of the rest of the eastern and central US can only get the bright white with black flecks grit sources out of Georgia quarries. I drive a couple hundred miles north into Wisconsin to get Cherry Stone grit, feed stores near me only have the bright white stuff.

As to other components of a bonsai mix, since I am not living in your area, I will let others offer suggestions.