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Post  ramblinjerry on Thu 12 Jul 2012 - 10:25

Would like to know if Mel's Mix can be used in a self watering container. Also, where can I find it in Florida? Thanks
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Post  hruten on Thu 12 Jul 2012 - 10:55

Hello, I can answer the first question. My self-watering tomato box has 7 foot tomatoes in it!! Yes, MM does really well in the SW boxes. I have 5 and they are all doing well
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Post  ramblinjerry on Thu 12 Jul 2012 - 11:03

Thanks,really appreciate the answer. I don't think it's available in Florida, bummer.
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Post  hruten on Thu 12 Jul 2012 - 14:11

Embarassed Oh no! I didn't mean I used the bagged Mel's Mix. I made my own and I even messed it up with too much peat, but with some later compost amendments everything did great. I bet you could find the ingredients nearby. Check the vermiculite database on the front page, and the compost elements should be available just do your best for the 5 different kinds. Good luck.
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Post  FamilyGardening on Thu 12 Jul 2012 - 21:51

yes mels mix (we made home made mels mix) does very well in self watering containers....we have a few pots that are self watering along with rubber maid type plastic tubs that my husband made for our children and the plants in them are doing very well.....we used them last year and thought it worked great Very Happy
if i have time i will go on our other computer and post you a couple of pictures Very Happy

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Post  ramblinjerry on Fri 13 Jul 2012 - 4:05

Thanks! Can you give me the brand names of the various compost you used. I've read that mushroom compost isn't very good so I'm suspecting that it comes down to quaility among the brands. Good luck with your SFG.
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Post  cpl100 on Fri 13 Jul 2012 - 7:43

I thought I read that mushroom compost was recommended? I did add that to my SFG so I hope I was not mis-remembering.
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Post  boffer on Fri 13 Jul 2012 - 7:45

cpl100 wrote:I thought I read that mushroom compost was recommended? I did add that to my SFG so I hope I was not mis-remembering.

Me too. Mushroom compost has been 20% of my mix for five years. Very Happy

Mushroom facilities use their own preferred recipes, but the contents of mushroom compost is good for your compost pile. The elusive question is the quantity of macro and micro nutrients and biological activity when it leaves the facility, as each one uses and processes it differently. As long as mushroom compost doesn't comprise a majority of your mix, it will be beneficial in your compost pile.
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