Square Foot Gardening Forum

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.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Grow light stand for less than $10.00
by MrBooker Today at 3:21 pm

» To all my SFG pals and more.
by llama momma Today at 3:20 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Today at 3:14 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by countrynaturals Today at 3:09 pm

» New England January 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:20 pm

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by countrynaturals Today at 1:15 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Today at 12:15 pm

» Forum Poll: Social Media
by countrynaturals Today at 12:07 pm

» Cauliflower
by yolos Today at 12:04 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Today at 11:44 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Today at 2:56 am

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos Today at 12:49 am

» EMT Clips
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:02 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:04 pm

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie 1/20/2017, 8:18 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson 1/20/2017, 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker 1/20/2017, 4:46 am

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos 1/19/2017, 9:45 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2017, 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 1/19/2017, 5:46 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 1/19/2017, 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco 1/18/2017, 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising 1/18/2017, 9:23 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Newbie question on my mix/help!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Newbie question on my mix/help!

Post  jheriot on 4/20/2012, 4:49 pm

Am ready to bang my head against a wall trying to figure out my Mel's Mix Embarassed

I'm attaching a picture of my "plan" so I can refer to it as I sort through this mess...



Okay so I need a total of 20 cubic feet of Mel's Mix which equals to 6.67cuft of peat moss, vermiculite and compost. That will be for my middle bed and the bed on the right (half has a 12" riser).

Then I need a total of 8 cubic feet of compost for the bed on the left.

We've found the vermiculite easily - but I'm having a hard time with the 5 types of compost. Here's what I've found, can you tell me if I can use these as a good mixture??

Mushroom Compost (1cu ft bag/40lbs) $3.97
Organic Blend Compost w/manure (1cu ft bag/40lbs) $1.67 (.05-.05-.05)
Dairy Cow Manure (1cu ft bag) $1.47 (.45-.3-.1)
Plant Based Compost (from local nursery)

Also have access to Chickity Doo-Doo, worm castings and sheep manure if needed (though these are all more $$).

I'm hoping to use just the compost from the local nursery in the corn bed. Will that suffice? Or do I need to do the compost mix in that bed too?

jheriot

Female Posts : 25
Join date : 2012-04-10
Age : 34
Location : Hudson, Wisconsin Zone 4b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie question on my mix/help!

Post  camprn on 4/20/2012, 5:54 pm

Other places to look for compost: dairy farms, horse farms, llama, rabbit or goat farms. Place an ad on Freecycle and Craigslist. Go to your Farmer's Market and ask any and all farmers if they have any composted manure they wouldn't mind parting with for a nominal fee. Check the bulletin board at the local grain and farm store.
As to the corn, it kind of depends on what your soil is like now. If you don't want to do the MM you can just amend the soil, but usually that requires all the ingredients of the MM.
Good Luck!!

____________________________

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




camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14040
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: Newbie question on my mix/help!

Post  jheriot on 4/21/2012, 9:16 am

So do you not think what we found is adequate? I've looked on craigslist for weeks, unfortunately there is nothing around us besides bagged stuff or plain manure (not composted).

jheriot

Female Posts : 25
Join date : 2012-04-10
Age : 34
Location : Hudson, Wisconsin Zone 4b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

First-timer, too...

Post  asilcox on 4/21/2012, 3:02 pm

I spent the extra money and bought the worm castings, and so far my plants are really happy. I only bought a little of the castings to mix into the MM, and will probably do the same next year, even though I am making my own compost. Everything that I read says that the worm castings are fabulous, so I decided that a little of that would be worth the extra money...I have nothing to compare it to, but this year's SFG has germinated every single seed that I have sown directly into the SFG, and everything is growing strong, green, and tall. I give credit to the MM.

Are you planning to get the raw manure to compost yourself for next year?

Good luck, it sounds like you are on the right track! Very Happy

~Amanda

asilcox

Posts : 34
Join date : 2012-03-25
Location : Eastern Shore, MD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie question on my mix/help!

Post  jheriot on 4/21/2012, 3:07 pm

@asilcox wrote:

Are you planning to get the raw manure to compost yourself for next year?

Good luck, it sounds like you are on the right track! Very Happy

~Amanda

I wasn't going to. I won't have the extra time to do it this summer with a baby (#3) on the way end of July Very Happy I'll be lucky if our two kids and the husband pitch in with the gardens to help like they promised to!

I think I'll grab a bag of the worm castings then and just use a little bit in each box. Thanks!!

jheriot

Female Posts : 25
Join date : 2012-04-10
Age : 34
Location : Hudson, Wisconsin Zone 4b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie question on my mix/help!

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:24 pm


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