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Post  Pardemd on 8/26/2012, 3:47 pm

Hi! New to this concept thanks to a friend of mine - definitely want to incorporate this technique into my currently sprawling veggie garden, which has become essentially unmanageable due to some new health issues I have developed. Definitely not ready to give up gardening however, and this really sounds like a great way to keep it going.
I even have a set up for starting my own seeds Smile
Looking for the most cost effective way of filling the beds - I do have a somewhat of a compost pile (also frequently ignored and untended, esp. in the winter). Can one incorporate regular "soil" into the mix? And how much does it take to fill one 4x4 bed - I understand it is about 8 cubic feet of mixture, however not sure how much that is if it isn't coming from a bag...
Looking forward to learning more!
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Post  yolos on 8/26/2012, 5:43 pm

Approximately, approximately, maybe:

Qty 5 - 5 gallon buckets of compost (one 5 gallon bucket of each type of compost).
Qty 5 - 5 gallon buckets of fluffed peat moss
Qty 5 - 5 gallon buckets of vermiculite

That is about what I used in my first 4 x 4. Mine was 10 inches high so it also depends on the height. Someone else maybe able to be a little more specific. I think there is a thread here somewhere that goes into depth about the amount it takes to fill the 4 x 4.
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Post  camprn on 8/26/2012, 6:18 pm

glad you\'re here to the SFG Forum. Don't forget to get THE BOOK! <~~click

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Post  walshevak on 8/26/2012, 7:17 pm

@yolos wrote:Approximately, approximately, maybe:

Qty 5 - 5 gallon buckets of compost (one 5 gallon bucket of each type of compost).
Qty 5 - 5 gallon buckets of fluffed peat moss
Qty 5 - 5 gallon buckets of vermiculite

That is about what I used in my first 4 x 4. Mine was 10 inches high so it also depends on the height. Someone else maybe able to be a little more specific. I think there is a thread here somewhere that goes into depth about the amount it takes to fill the 4 x 4.

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Sorry to yell, but DO NOT USE REGULAR SOIL IN THE MIX. The soilless mix we make is necessary for the intensive gardening we do. Get the book, ALL NEW SQUAREFOOT GARDENING. Available at Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon (also in Kindle format) and from the Squarefoot Gardening Website (see above green banner) and your local library.

Yolos gives a very good approximation. Use what compost you already have and supplement with some of the commercial manure based composts for the immediate. Start one bed for fall growing if you still have time. Then keep composting and look for manure and other compostable sources in your local area to add to the compost pile. Start small this fall and start collecting needed supplies gradually over the winter. By spring you will be addicted and will be expanding. Razz

BTW, a number of physically challenged members of this forum have found SFG to be a way to extend their gardening years. I have tabletop gardens because I can't get down on the ground anymore. And I am in good shape compared to others.

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Thanks!!!

Post  Pardemd on 8/26/2012, 7:50 pm

Thanks for all the recommendations...definitely gives me a better handle on how to start

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