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Does this mix amount sound right?

Post  couponmagic on 4/2/2013, 7:58 pm

I have built my first two sfg boxes. Hopefully correctly! I have a question about my Mel's mix.

I used 4 cu ft vermiculite, 3.8 cu ft compressed peat bale and my compost mix is:

1) Mushroom compost - 40lbs
2) Black Hen compost - 20 lbs
3) Moo-nure compost - 25 lbs
4) Earthworm castings - 1 cu ft
5) Foothills compost (created using food residuals and yard/wood trimmings) - 20lbs

I used all the compost and all the vermiculite... but I still had peat left? I fluffed the peat and used a 5 gallon bucket of peat, then of compost, then of vermiculite.

I built 4x4 beds rotating the corners with 2x6s. I expected both boxes would be full when I finished and that I would have a little mix to spare. Did I mess up? Should I move more mix to one box or does this look ok? Thanks!





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Re: Does this mix amount sound right?

Post  couponmagic on 4/2/2013, 8:04 pm

Oh, I used all of the mix I made.
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Post  camprn on 4/2/2013, 8:08 pm

Add more compost. Looks good!

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Post  couponmagic on 4/2/2013, 8:17 pm

camprn wrote:Add more compost. Looks good!

Thank you camprn. Do I need to buy 5 more kinds again to mix? I actually bought an extra bag of the mushroom compost. There is a bunny place near me, maybe I can score some bunny stuff Very Happy
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Post  chjbr63 on 4/2/2013, 8:24 pm

According to the calculator on the home page you should have made 16 cu ft of mix, going by your list you made 12. I would get more vermiculite and compost, you should have about half of your peat leftover. When I made my boxes it called for 14 but after it settled it was 16.
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Post  couponmagic on 4/2/2013, 8:55 pm

Thank you chjbr63. I confess I didn't use the calculator. I wrote down the numbers from ANSFG which I had checked out from the library. Clearly I botched it up! Yes, I do have a lot of peat left. Probably between 1/3 and 1/2.
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Post  bnoles on 4/2/2013, 9:14 pm

camprn wrote:Add more compost. Looks good!

I agree with camprn.

Check at Home Depot for Mel's mix, it has everything you need in one bag so you don't have to round up the "Big 5" again.

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Post  couponmagic on 4/2/2013, 10:16 pm

Thanks Bob! The home depot site doesn't show any Mel's mix in any of the stores near Atlanta that I could find. Ordering it on their website gives you "this item no longer available online". Too bad, that certainly would make things easy and it would be "right" !
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