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Made the Mix today

Post  Kathiee1 on 4/1/2010, 8:01 pm

Hi, I spent a lot of time today mixing up all my ingredients for Mel's mix. I have decided that I'm definitely not as young as i used to be, and I'm calling Lowe's first thing tomorrow to encourage them to carry it. My vermiculite, even though it was a 4 cu ft bag was very granulated, very tiny pieces. Expense wise, I don't think the ready made stuff will cost much more, if as much, as i've already spent. I have a little left over, but just filled my one 8x2 bed. Since most of the rest of the raised beds have been planted, I'm going to change over one at a time...this being the one for now.

However, I have lettuce and radishes breaking thru, and beans are planted. Cauliflower and Brocolli plants are looking good, but it is getting hot all of a sudden. We were in the 80's today. So hopefully they'll grow up quickly!

I plan to mulch, just because of the heat and our backyards are all fenced in and i think that makes them even hotter.



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Post  timwardell on 4/1/2010, 9:14 pm

Congratulations. Yep, getting the first batch of Mel's Mix made is an accomplishment. Luckily, once it's done, it's done. Very Happy

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Congratuations on Mix....I have had no luck with local Lowes.

Post  Katch on 6/20/2010, 3:27 am


I am new and my name is Katch and this is my first reply to a posting. I think it is a bit fitting that it is based on the Mix, since that is one of the very beginnings of SFG. I am trying to remember if there is a recipe for products that I can buy in Charlotte, NC Zone 7b to make the closest thing to Mel's Mix, but I might need some direction. I have quite a few of SFG books and I have recently moved and the books are in storage right now. I do participate in our community gardening that is provided for a small fee through our Parks and Rec dept locally here in Charlotte, NC Zone 7b. I found the actual mix is only available for p/u in Utah (directly through SFG...long drive for me) or buy in Phoenix, AX area, so even that route could be quite costly. I have contacted LOWE'S with NO LUCK yet, but I know they carry it at locations that are very far away (as far as I can see to date). I am surrounded by Johnson and Wales University Chefs and Chefs in Training and they all want to buy everything out of the gardens, and I love the fact that they want to be creative and only use fresh items and especially from local gardener's, but for me right now, I have some room for some TT's and a few boxes, but the stuff (local Mix) I have been using lately, well, it just isn't cutting the mustard like the Mel's Mix. Any suggestions as to where I can go in my books or where I can find specifics on Mel's Mix or since I can't seem to find it or get it reasonably, what I can do to make the next closest thing to Mel's Mix. I would be most gracious for any help in this matter.

I really look forward to getting to know everyone and learning and sharing about the wonders of SFG!

PS-I still have to do my profile pic, but I will have to work on it when I have a few more winks under my eyes. I had difficultly getting it to host the image for some reason, or maybe I will be surprised when I post this.

Thanks again and Happy Growing and Living! Peace, Katch 3:22am EST

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