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Old June 4, 2017   #1
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Default can I substitute cedar fines for pine fines in Earthtainer?

Hi All,

Has anyone here tried using cedar fines in place of pine bark fines in the 3:2:1 mix in an Earthtainer?

I'm grasping at straws. I can't find any pine fines at all, and all the fines or mulch or soil conditioner I can find has artificial dye or additional ingredients added. I did find some undyed mulch in bulk, but the minimum purchase was 2 cubic yards, and I just need 10 cubic feet.

I'm in Albuquerque, just in case someone local has the inside scoop.

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Old August 3, 2017   #2
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Default Pine Bark Fines

I you have access to a chipper/shredder you can make your own fines from any size pine bark mulch. That is what we do all the time. It saves money and pine bark chips or pine bark mulch is cheap and easy to find.
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Old August 3, 2017   #3
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Yes, as Cedar is also a coniferous tree, it should work equally well in the 3:2:1 combo mix.

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As far as I know, cedar breaks down much slower than pine, and for that reason is not recommended as a mulch for in-ground gardening. Does this have any implications for its use in the soil medium for Earthtainers?
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Cedar or juniper.
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