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hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,025

I was always under the impression that builders sharp sand contained salt and so I always bought horticultural sharp sand at a greatly inflated price. Only resorted to builders sand if I was mixing it a lot with compost. However I noticed that Monty Don used builders sharp sand on it own to root ? in the last programme. Anyone got any comments on that?

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,991

    I hope he is  right because I have just sown some very expensive  seeds, which needed very sandy compost and cover with sand. All there was around was OH building sand. White stuff.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Sharp sand is just sharp sand, no salt. That's not the same as builder's sand which is soft sand (rounded grains) you can feel the difference between the two.

     

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,134

    Sharp sand is crushed rock whereas builders sand is rounded due to it being created by the effect of water or (in the case of deserts) wind flow.  Builder's sand is mined but sharp sand is made.  Just some useless information for you! image

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,134

    Making concrete or for horticulture.  You wouldn't want to use it in a sand pit. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,025
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Sharp sand is just sharp sand, no salt. That's not the same as builder's sand which is soft sand (rounded grains) you can feel the difference between the two.

     

    Perhaps I wasn't clear. I know the difference between sharp sand and soft sand but what is the difference between builders sharp sand and horticultural sharp sand? I thought it was the salt content.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,134
    hogweed wrote (see)
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Sharp sand is just sharp sand, no salt. That's not the same as builder's sand which is soft sand (rounded grains) you can feel the difference between the two.

     

    Perhaps I wasn't clear. I know the difference between sharp sand and soft sand but what is the difference between builders sharp sand and horticultural sharp sand? I thought it was the salt content.

    I used to think that Hogweed but have never found any salty sharp sand (yes, I have tasted it!) and have been using sharp sand from builder's merchants for decades.  I suspect that salt would also affect the ability for concrete to set which is why it doesn't have any.  Might be a myth?

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,025

    A myth put about by GCs to explain why horticultural sharp sand is 4 times as expensive as sharp sand out of B&Q!  Perhaps hort SS is washed?

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,025

    A myth put about by GCs to explain why horticultural sharp sand is 4 times as expensive as sharp sand out of B&Q!  Perhaps hort SS is washed?

     

    Aha - I have just asked Mr Google for the answer - and it seems to be lime! Builders sharp sand can contain lime as well as salt depending on the source and hort. sharp sand is deemed 'clean'.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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