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Post  walshevak on 5/27/2012, 7:33 pm

I convinced a neighbor to try SFG. Loaned him my book. Gave him a list of needed MM components and where to buy them. He built a 4x8 and a 4x4 tabletop and started some seeds inside. When he planted in the bed they all died. We did have a very dry warm and 20-30 mph winds that week but my garden across the street was doing great. So I asked about watering. His wife said they couldn't get and keep the bed moist. So I questioned his MM. Well, according to his wife, he decided to do it his way and had 1/2 the vermiculite, double the peat and only 3 composts. She had already stirred it up more because of the pockets of peat. He went away for a week early May and his wife and I added more vermiculite, and 2 more composts in large amounts. Did the best we could not knowing exactly what mix he had made. I went heavy on compost because of that. Wound up with extra of course. Then we replanted seed and some left over seedling and some of my extras, including all the tomatos. Here are the pictures I took on the 24th.

They wanted only determinate tomatos but I had extras



Funny story on these pots of chard. They are some of the plants that I pulled out of my garden and gave (roots and all) to his wife for dinner. Instead she planted them and they are growing very happily in their pots of MM. She gets dinner about once a week from these 18 month old chard plants.



After remixing we had a load of extra MM and there were a load of bean and squash plants that were left from the original planting. So the left over dog's pool was drafted.











So messed up MM can still be fixed to grow veggies.

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Post  Kelejan on 5/27/2012, 8:41 pm

What a helpful neighbour you are, Kay.
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Post  Daniel9999 on 5/27/2012, 10:06 pm

Great job Kay.

I am glad you were able to fix the messed up MM.
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Post  cheyannarach on 5/27/2012, 11:26 pm

Awesome!!!
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Post  rowena___. on 5/28/2012, 10:21 am

fabulous work, kay! congratulations!
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Post  CharlesB on 5/28/2012, 10:44 am

Great story and pic's. Thanks for sharing!
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Post  walshevak on 5/28/2012, 12:22 pm

Rowena, looking at the pictures, do you think a bit of epsom salts is in order. Some look a bit yellow. I'll take another look tomorrow - they are out of town - to see if it is just the camera, but the pool looks a bit off.

I'm not sure what proportions we finally came up with but it has to be better than what he had. Razz

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Post  rowena___. on 5/28/2012, 12:25 pm

@walshevak wrote:Rowena, looking at the pictures, do you think a bit of epsom salts is in order. Some look a bit yellow.

they look ok to me. if they were mine, i'd just water them well and keep an eye on them.
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