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Post  B00kemdano on 4/27/2013, 8:58 am

Second year SFG -

I noticed last year that as the season went on, my MM shrunk quite a bit. By the end of the year, it was maybe 2-3" shallower than I had originally put in my TTs.

This year, I cleared out old roots and mixed in a few shovels full of fresh compost to each bed. This fluffing action and adding of compost appeared to bring my MM back up to the top edge of my boxes.

However, now, a month later, it's already settling quite a bit. There is a mound around the base of my tomato plants where I can see the original storebought rootball.

My question: is there any concern about adding layers of finished compost on top of the MM (without mixing it in ) as the season goes on?
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Post  jmsieglaff on 4/27/2013, 9:00 am

Not at all, I would especially top dress around plants if you can see the original rootball--having that exposed is like having a wick into the ground to lose water to the air.
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Post  camprn on 4/27/2013, 9:09 am

I will typically topdress with straight homemade compost throughout the season, adding several inches as necessary to keep the growing medium within an inch of the top of the box. It has worked very well with good results seen in the plants.

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Post  B00kemdano on 4/27/2013, 5:46 pm

Thanks, I'll do it, then!
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Post  plantoid on 4/28/2013, 10:16 am

@camprn wrote:I will typically topdress with straight homemade compost throughout the season, adding several inches as necessary to keep the growing medium within an inch of the top of the box. It has worked very well with good results seen in the plants.

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I've a couple of wheel barrows of home made compost that does not contain any animal dung at all .

When you say you have used compost to top your beds were you able to grow straight carrots in that bed or did you end up with cows udders for carrots and other root crops ???

I'd like to bring my carrot bed up to the same depth as the rest of the beds by adding the a/m compost but will hang back for your reply .
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Post  camprn on 4/28/2013, 10:55 am

Well, last year was a good carrot year, unusual for my garden. I had normal HUGE carrots when I used my homemade compost that probably had less than 10% cow, chicken, llama manure in it.

I'm not entirely sure what you are are looking for.

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Post  plantoid on 4/28/2013, 7:11 pm

Thanks Camp ,
I've only ever made composts that contained animal dung , beddings and garden waste ..never actually used pure garden waste .

I could not plant root crops in the areas that had my old style composts in due to forked roots . I didn't know how or if the pure veg compost would affect the root crops so I asked .

Reading what you've put , it looks like I'll be topping up the low beds with the pure veg compost and putting in my carrots as soon as it stops raining , freezing or blowing an icy gale .
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