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Post  OregonSnowbird on 8/30/2013, 9:08 pm

I am Patty Rowe, Oregon Snowbird. We spend six months at our home between Eugene and Corvallis OR, and the other six months in Southern CA.  Late to the party for sure this year, but will be all set up to go next spring.  I have 3 Tabletop beds and Mel's Mix ready.  I posted under Vermiculite about a place I found today in Salem OR that has the Coarse grade.  I recently bought the All New SFG, and am glad to have found this forum.  I know I will have questions.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/30/2013, 11:16 pm

Hi and welcome, OregonSnowbird!

Hope you enjoy the forums -- they really are a treasure trove of info and ideas. I'm in Southwest Oregon myself, and find the environment seems to change every 200 feet here! And the large amount of decomposed granite means much of the soil ain't so hot, either. It makes growing a real challenge. Hope you continue to enjoy the adventure!

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Re: Hello from Monroe, OR - southern Willamette Valley

Post  sanderson on 8/30/2013, 11:30 pm

Patty,  I just sent you a welcome but it didn't show up.  So . .

Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here Since you bought the book, you are already ahead of the game for most SFG Newbies.  And, you have already constructed the table tops.  Have you made your Mel's Mix?  Great score on the vermiculite.  Peat moss is easy to find; just don't forget to fluff it before measuring!  The five sources of compost is what gives most Newbies the most trouble.  Do you have home made compost from your row gardening?

This is a great forum for information and the folks are here to answer any questions.

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Re: Hello from Monroe, OR - southern Willamette Valley

Post  OregonSnowbird on 8/31/2013, 3:11 pm

Thanks for the welcome!  We don't have any home grown compost (quit row gardening a few years back), but I do have new homemade compost abrewing that should be sweet for next season.  For my initial Mel's Mix, I plan on using at least five different kinds of compost.  I've located chicken manure; worm castings; an "organic vegetable compost" made locally; VeggieBoost from our Lane Forest Products containing 100% Natural Organic Fertilizer, Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Soil Microbes; and Gardner & Bloome Compost with chicken manure, bat guano, and kelp.  I hope this is a good variety.  What do you think?

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Re: Hello from Monroe, OR - southern Willamette Valley

Post  donnainzone5 on 8/31/2013, 3:22 pm

You certainly have a good start on Mel's Mix ingredients!

I wouldn't make the worm castings 20% of your mix, however. My own practice is to add small amounts only.

Also, the Lane County product ingredients you listed don't seem to describe a compost.

Is the Gardner & Bloome compost Harvest Supreme? That's one of my favorites.

Have you checked out local supermarkets, as well as Whole Foods? Although they may be out of it at this time of year, they often carry a very good organic compost.

Sometimes you can hit paydirt at hydroponic stores. One compost I found is 100% plant-based, OMRI-certified, from the Rogue River Valley.

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