Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Hail Damage (Pics) - Am I in Trouble?
by CapeCoddess Today at 11:13 am

» Impossible Gardener in Delaware
by AtlantaMarie Today at 10:14 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by yolos Today at 9:18 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by Jaffa55 Today at 9:06 am

» Recommendations for balcony plants
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:17 am

» Newbie in North Carolina!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:14 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 10:48 pm

» New England June 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:20 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:10 pm

» table identity
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:07 pm

» Things You Never Knew Existed Until SFG...
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:59 pm

» 15 bean soup mix - can the beans be used for planting?
by walshevak Yesterday at 8:34 pm

» Red plastic tomato trays, anyone?
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 2:42 pm

» Pea blight
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:19 pm

» Cinnamon, Fungus, and Gnats
by Fiz Yesterday at 2:16 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 1:04 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 12:52 pm

» Coconut Coir
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 10:13 am

» Trellis
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 7:30 am

» Pesticide use?
by jimmy cee 6/27/2017, 10:32 pm

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by Scorpio Rising 6/27/2017, 9:16 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by AtlantaMarie 6/27/2017, 12:54 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by BeetlesPerSqFt 6/27/2017, 12:33 pm

» New Green House
by Hoggar 6/27/2017, 12:28 pm

» to mulch or not to mulch
by sanderson 6/27/2017, 11:40 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson 6/27/2017, 10:23 am

» Bug Identification
by Robbomb116 6/27/2017, 9:17 am

» update pics
by llama momma 6/27/2017, 7:29 am

» Plans for 2017 revisited
by Judy McConnell 6/26/2017, 1:48 pm

» What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??
by countrynaturals 6/26/2017, 1:13 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Made a mistake-help

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Made a mistake-help

Post  lorimay7 on 4/17/2012, 9:58 pm

I am new to SFG and did some research and made boxes and bought what I thought i needed for the mix. I just bought the new SFG book and started reading and realize I made a big mistake with the compost. We only bought mushroom compost to mix with the peat moss and vermiculite. I didn't get a few types of compost. Everything is planted and growing but now I am afraid things may not grow as well as they would if I would have had more types of compost. What can I do? Can I make a liquid mix or something to pour into my dirt?? Is my garden doomed?? Mad Mad

Thank you for your advice in advance!!

Lori in Florida
avatar
lorimay7

Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-04-17
Location : Pensacola

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Made a mistake-help

Post  camprn on 4/17/2012, 10:13 pm

Hi Lori, welcome to the forum. Do you have any room in the top of your box, meaning, what is the depth from the top of the box to the soil surface? If you have a few inches you can top dress with a few types of compost around the plants already in place. When the season is done you can turn all that compost into the mix.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Made a mistake-help

Post  walshevak on 4/17/2012, 10:15 pm

Well at least mushroom compost is usually a good compost. You did do the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mix, just using one compost. As long as things are growing well, leave it alone. In the meantime, mix up a batch of 5 blend compost and have it on hand to add between crops or top dress heavy feeding or long lasting plants. If the plants start having problems, go the compost tea route. I would double the amount of 5 blend that I add to the spent squares before a new planting. IE 2 trowels full instead of one. Just my opinion

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4352
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Made a mistake-help

Post  lorimay7 on 4/17/2012, 10:59 pm

Camprn-no room-6" deep boxes filled to the rim. Smile

Kay-yes, I did the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 at least. Where is there info on doing a compost tea? (I haven't finished the book yet-is it in there?) Should I just google for a recipe? I was hoping there would be something like that to help if things started looking bad.

I just googled compost tea and it seems like you make this tea from a compost pile..I don't have one. Can I make the tea from a mix of compost I buy?

Thanks!
Lori
avatar
lorimay7

Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-04-17
Location : Pensacola

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Made a mistake-help

Post  walshevak on 4/18/2012, 8:20 am

Check this out. I use Quiltbea's method using my 5 blend. Your are in the Black Gold distribution area, Black Kow, Black Hen - good stuff. Maybe some bat guano and worm casting. Knowing the quality of the Black Gold brand composts, I just added 2 other maybe composts from the box stores. Things are growing good.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t5592-compost-teas

This should get you through this year. MM tends to settle anyway, so next year stir in enough 5 blend to bring the box back to 6 inches. All is not lost, just may need to be a bit more diligent on adding compost tea this year.

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4352
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Made a mistake-help

Post  lorimay7 on 4/19/2012, 9:16 pm

Thank you very much for your help!! Smile

Happy Gardening!!

Lori
avatar
lorimay7

Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-04-17
Location : Pensacola

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Made a mistake-help

Post  givvmistamps on 4/20/2012, 12:52 am

Hi Lori, it looks like you already got an answer to your question, but I wanted to say I'm your neighbor to the east, just getting started this year also.
avatar
givvmistamps

Female Posts : 862
Join date : 2012-04-01
Age : 46
Location : Lake City, (NE) FL; USDA Hardiness Zone 8b, AHS Heat Zone 9, Sunset Zone 28

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Made a mistake-help

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum