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Postby ejs » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:26 am

Hi all

I am having problems finding peat free sterilised topsoil. I used to get this in Homebase but they seem to have stopped selling it. I can find plenty of places that do either lime free sterilised topsoil or peat free non sterilised topsoil. Wicks even does a lime free sterilised topsoil which seems to be advertised for children to make mud pies. Can anyone direct me to a link where I can but what I needs for my hermanns substrate?.

Thanks
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Re: Substrate

Postby Sandy » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:56 am

ejs wrote:Hi all

I am having problems finding peat free sterilised topsoil. I used to get this in Homebase but they seem to have stopped selling it. I can find plenty of places that do either lime free sterilised topsoil or peat free non sterilised topsoil. Wicks even does a lime free sterilised topsoil which seems to be advertised for children to make mud pies. Can anyone direct me to a link where I can but what I needs for my hermanns substrate?.

Thanks



Why do you need steriised soil?
My ibera (kept exactly the same as hermans) have had ordinary garden soil for over 38yrs, and are thriving:0)
Mine are kept in a GH with heat when needed. This time of the year they have the option to come and go as they please.
When in the GH they have the soil of the garden, the one thing I dont do is use chemicals in my garden.
If your tortoises are kept inside, then the only thing to worry about with bought soil/compost is that it does not have glass or the like in. Which you can sift using a garden sifter:0)
Nobody sterileses the soil for them in the wild:0)
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Re: Substrate

Postby ejs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:18 am

Hi Sandy

I have always been told by vets etc to use sterilised topsoil which is peat free....hence have always used it given it has been available at Homebase.

However, these are now the closest products I can find....see below.

I am not able to collect soil from my garden so bring it in for both the indoor and outdoor tort enclosure. Are any of the below suitable in your opinion?

https://www.homebase.co.uk/j-arthur-bow ... 5l_p402084

https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Multi-P ... L/p/200247

https://www.diy.com/departments/verve-t ... 737_BQ.prd
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Re: Substrate

Postby Sandy » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:14 am

ejs wrote:Hi Sandy

I have always been told by vets etc to use sterilised topsoil which is peat free....hence have always used it given it has been available at Homebase.

However, these are now the closest products I can find....see below.

I am not able to collect soil from my garden so bring it in for both the indoor and outdoor tort enclosure. Are any of the below suitable in your opinion?

https://www.homebase.co.uk/j-arthur-bow ... 5l_p402084

https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Multi-P ... L/p/200247

https://www.diy.com/departments/verve-t ... 737_BQ.prd



To be honest vets are great with the insides of tortoises, but rarely have any good up to date info on husbandry. As I said who in the wild of any species have sterilized soil.
Any top soil is suitable especially if you can sieve it before use. And does not contain chemicals.
When I used to breed tortoises, I used to buy any of the top soil from homebase or B&Q and sift:0)
I still have three females I bred myself and they have been outside 24/7 during suitable months (May until around September) from hatching. So not always top soil, a lot of the time just my garden soil:0)
I believe in keeping tortoises as natural as I possible can. They were out for the Summer, and hibernated from their first year:0) So only spent a minimum time inside awake:0)
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Re: Substrate

Postby ejs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:48 am

Thanks Sandy

I will take your advice and use one of the three links I posted and top up for the summer.

My little one is very much enjoying this bank holiday....eating everything in sight!

Emily
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