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5" of Mel's Mix or 6" Altered

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5" of Mel's Mix or 6" Altered

Post  manich on 3/9/2012, 4:59 pm

Hello, I am starting my first SFG and bought mix for 36sf box (18cf). My final box turned out to be 48sf so I am 3cf short. I have 3 cf of a organic potting soil with a blend of compost, peat, and other "stuff". My big bags of vermiculite source has sold out. So I am going to go with the 18cf of MM and 3cf of this potting soil I have.

Would it be better to have the top 5" a "pure MM", and a bottom 6th inch of potting soil, or should I blend in the potting soil with the MM? Or should I spend more for some small bags of vermiculite or pearlite?

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Post  rowena___. on 3/9/2012, 5:17 pm

i would mix them all together then fill the box.
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Post  jumiclads on 3/9/2012, 5:28 pm

I would mix it all together also. Keep a note of the mixture ratios and then if you want to you can correct it when you make your next bed with any spare Vermiculite etc?
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Post  arla on 3/9/2012, 9:12 pm

Given that over time your MM will be less vermiculite and peat moss, and more compost, I'd just mix it all in and move forwards.

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Post  camprn on 3/9/2012, 9:27 pm

@rowena___. wrote:i would mix them all together then fill the box.
+1all things considered, potting' soil' is basically MM.

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