hahaha! yup midwest! i knew it would give it away, but oh well. lol
first, thank you everyone for the replies! i know you have all been there, starting out with questions, so i really appreciate it!
i have 7 plants started, and i have 5 gal. pots for each, so it would take a lot of dirt. a few buggers in all this: covid is making things difficult. not impossible, but difficult.
the closest thing outside of menards is about 45 min away (fleet farm or home depot, but not in the same place), and they do not have any of the things you guys have all listed. any if the other stores, i do not have.
the menards i have by me does not have any of those listed either, i DID see that the menards DOES have promix! it is not the promix bx though. i didn’t get it though as it was only peat moss from the look of it. they do not have the organic mix from promix. they are out of a lot of the things that the website says they have, but i get it. everyone seems to be putting in a garden this year, so a lot of out of stock.
my reason for growing is medicine. i have some pain and structural issues. now i WOULD go and just get all the heavy dirt myself because i just would, but my dr tends to get cranky at me when i do that sort of thing lol. so, i need someone to help me with the heavy lifting wherever i get the stuff.
i would have preferred to have a ready made mix, but i just couldn’t find one around me. i had learned that miracle grow is not a good idea, especially with autos though, correct? miracle grow and schultz seem to be the king and queen around here, so that is why i got what i did. it seemed the safest. i have been looking at the bag, and i cannot find anything that says that it feeds at all.
in fact, it says: a fertilization program should begin after application of potting soil. specific fertilizer and levels should be applied in accordance with current horticulture literature.
i could find nothing about any feeding from the potting soil mix at all that would happen.
i’m glad that others have used some of the fox farms and other mixes for their autos. so many online places say it is a no no for autos as it would be too much for them. this is why i say i ran into confusion. its good to know.
again, i am growing for medicines, not for customers. if i have an oops, its just an oops for me. that is why i started so many this time, backups just in case lol
i think i answered all the questions and gave more info. my preference would have been to just have a premade mix for my first grow, but i’m not seeing my being able to do that. money is a factor as well, so having a lot of expensive soil shipped is not really an option.
i’m not trying to argue with anyone or be difficult, just giving any info i can to help. i really do appreciate any help you guys are able to keep giving!