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Hello from Denton, Texas

Post  AJ42 on 5/22/2012, 1:15 pm

This is our second year of gardening in Denton (about 40 miles north of both Dallas and Ft. Worth) and we're learning more and more as we go. Last year we had really horrible heat and drought and couldn't get anything other than squash to grow. This year we started earlier and have tomatoes, eggplant and peppers already going. Last weekend my husband built me a 4x8 raised bed so that I could attach a sun screen and try some other drastic measures to keep the thing alive in the heat. We have a traditional garden and an arched cattle panel full of vines. We're trying pretty much everything this year.

I came here because my hubby filled the bed with Miracle Grow Garden Soil (he made me a garden, made sense to him) and I am not sure that it'll do what I need to get as much produce from the small space. We'll see... there's always the other growing season here (from late August until November-ish) to try again.
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Re: Hello from Denton, Texas

Post  cheyannarach on 5/22/2012, 2:00 pm

He already filled it? How deep is the bed? With SFG we use Mel's mix. It is a combo of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost (a blend of 5 different types unless you make your own then you could just use that). You only need 6" of MM to grow in so if you have more room in your beds to add to it that's what I would do.

If that's not an option I would amend it to be as close to MM as I could.
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Re: Hello from Denton, Texas

Post  walshevak on 5/22/2012, 4:25 pm

Welcome to the forum. I think you will like the folks here. I just wanted to let you know there is also a sub forum for folks in the lower south region. You will find it on the home page by scrolling down. In it we discuss particular problems and successes for our growing region.

The problem with Miracle Gro soil is that the nutrients to feed the plant are chemical fertilizer and need to be replenished every month or so. Of course the recommended fertilizer is Miracle Gro. Don't get me wrong. It will grow plants. But it also increases the Miracle Gro bottom line.

Most of us on this forum use the methods taught in a book ALL NEW SQUAREFOOT GARDENING. As cheyannarch says, we fill our raised beds with Mels Mix because we believe the nutrients from the compost is better, the water retention from peat is needed, and the water retention and fluffy soil from the vermiculate makes the best growing medium for the intensive, close planting we do. As in 9 bush bean plants in 1 square foot of growing space, 6" deep. Check your local library and see if they have a copy. See if it might improve your chances for a better garden. If so, then get a copy and before you plant your fall crops, either dig out or top off your current growing bed and let er rip. This will also give you time to locate and afford the components of the Mel's Mix if you want to try it.

In the meantime, let's grow the best we can.

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