As I have mentioned in the past, my experience is relatively pigeon holed having worked with bulk substrates almost exclusively... I have never seen a need to incorporate a casing layer... UNTIL NOW!!
The PE clone I am working with blobs more readily than PE I have worked with in the past. I was prepared to get some blobbage but the rate is just too high for me to accept. Last night, I frantically applied a casing layer with the Verm I had on hand. I was short on verm so I applied a very thin layer to the top for now but intend to supplement this evening...
With no experience casing, I am looking for some input. I intend to incorporate an approximately 1/4-1/2 inch casing layer across the substrate and would like some input as to how I should construct the mix. I am picking up verm and coir this evening and also have gypsum at the house...
Should I move forward with a 100% verm casing layer or should I use a different mix over top of the VERY thin layer of verm I applied last night? Should I buffer it? Any suggestion on mix and method would be appreciated.
The blobbage is most common in first flush and I have read that this may be due to highly nutritious substrate?? Is this true? The first substrate I made was with a VERY WELL composted hpoo mix which seems to have little to no blobbage... I was running a little low on compost so the ratio of coir in that mix is higher than I would usually use. The ones that are intensely blobbed are a mix made from 1.5 - 2 month old hpoo which has been out in the elements... I am curious if anyone has some insight. Could the intense blobbage be due to the level of hpoo composition? Could it be because I used a higher ratio of hpoo in the second mix? Could I just be crazy and they are blobbing at the same rate and I have my bags mixed up on the shelf? Could it be due to temperature flux with the first bags remaining at a stable temperature during their formative years?
I appreciate any and all feedback!! Help your Homie!! GO!
Edited by PJammer24, 11 March 2019 - 09:36 AM.