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Volume of MM 4x4 garden - Gallons?

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Post  Mr. Green Jeans on 1/19/2013, 3:23 pm

Hi,

I know I've read around here that some of you use big plastic containers to haul your Mel's Mix out to the garden. For any of you that have done this, I have this question.

According to the MM calculator, you need 16 cu ft total for a 4'x4' raised bed garden that is 12" deep. How many "gallons" would that be (approximately) to fill up tubs? (If that makes sense).
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Re: Volume of MM 4x4 garden - Gallons?

Post  yolos on 1/19/2013, 3:45 pm

My beds are only 10" deep. I used 5 gallon buckets. It took 5 buckets of each type of ingredient (peat, vermiculite, compost). Therefore, it was 75 gallons total that I mixed up, wet, and then shoveled into 4' x 4' x 10" bed. I used the buckets to measure the volume of each type of ingredient.
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Post  bnoles on 1/19/2013, 4:52 pm

There is 119.688 gallons of soil in 16 cubic feet. That is a lot of trips, the 5 gallon bucket mentioned by Yolos would be a better option.

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Post  Mr. Green Jeans on 1/19/2013, 5:12 pm

Thanks guys. Actually, I'm planning on using big Rubbermaid type containers of about 20-30 gallons. And yeah, searching around the web I had come to the conclusion that the 16 cu ft was roughly 120 gallons. Good to have it confirmed.

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