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    Alright so i'm growing outdoors and i'm about to move my two seedlings into 14L pots (the seedlings were stunted and are still small despite being 4 weeks old) for the Organic mix i've got:
    RICHGRO Organic Mushroom Compost
    Searles Premium Organic Potting Mix
    Searles Organic Cow Manure
    Searles 5 in 1 Organic Fertiliser
    Chicken Manure

    So what i'm wondering is what ratios of these items I should use for maximum health and recovery from their stunted growth, i've also got Seasol, Powerfeed, and Worm Tea for the entirety of the vegetative stage. Photos are of the soils, composts, and fertilisers.

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    Sorry for the double uploading of some of the photos

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    You're going to want to add some peat or coco and also some perlite or rice hulls for drainage and aeration.

    Personally I would mix 1 part (compost) 1 part peat/coco and one part perlite/rice hulls. Ratios don't have to be exact. Then add additional amendments as you want.

    I can't tell if the 5 in 1 fertilizer is an actual fertilizer or just a other compost mix.. what's in it? Might just need some of that to add to a basic 3 part and you'd be set.

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    Will they be alright with just perlite and no coco or peat? Here's what the website says about the 5 in 1

    5IN1 Organic Fertiliser is a brilliant organic plant food containing Cow, Fowl and Sheep Manures, Mushroom Compost, Zeolite, Blood & Bone, hoof and horn plus added Trace Elements and Minerals. Mix one part 5IN1 Organic Fertiliser to three parts existing soil to enrich the soil and provide long term organic nutrients to plants. Flowers and vegetables respond extremely well to this product.

    Because 5IN1 Organic Fertiliser is in an organic form, when organic fertilisers are subsequently applied, the existing humus and organic material store the new nutrients resulting in a 'slow release' effect. Chemcial fertilisers have a tendency to leach away very quickly.

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    The peat/coco is to lighten up your soil. Really depends on the mix of composts that you have if you'll need it. Some have pretty in them to bulk it up.

    Give your mix a squeeze and if it's not kind of spongey you might end up with compacted soil which is undesirable to grow anything in.

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    I'd mix the the composts together to make one part, then one part potting soil then add your perlite. If that's all you have it could work fine. Only way to find out is to try.

    For what its worth store bought composts can vary in quality so you'll have to take a chance that's why I'd suggest mixing them.

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    25% each, and add some perlite instead, of Coco. JMO

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    I mixed it up and put it in the pots then transplanted the plants and they're already looking super healthy, green, and are growing faster. Cheers

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