Effects of Varied Soil Composition (Char, Sand, Potting Mix) on the Growth of Radish Starts

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Bear Kaufmann. Initially posted April 7, 2008. Updated August 5, 2008.


Images showing trial preparation and radish germination
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Materials/Methods

Char was Lazzari Brand mesquite BBQ char (due to availability), crushed and screened to 1/8".
No nutrients were added to the char itself or to the soil.
Soil was FoxFarm OceanForest Potting Soil.
Sand used was horticultural sand.
No mycorrhizal fungi were added.
Mixtures range from 0-100% sand, soil, and char in ~16% increments by volume. 90 pots total. 28 combinations with 3 pots each + 6 additional pots at 33%/33%/33% composition. Pots were placed randomly within the tray. Tray was rotated 180