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Post  Bob Young on 3/15/2014, 2:46 pm

Hi every one,

As a relative newbie I want to know if the Mix needs to be compacted, even slightly, before planting anything. I had it in mind to level the Mix at 7" and then go back and compact it down a further 1". Is this necessary?

Any comments will be much appreciated.

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Post  sanderson on 3/15/2014, 2:52 pm

Water it. It will sink a bit. Do you have a watering wand for your hose? Those are good for watering.
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Post  Bob Young on 3/15/2014, 3:39 pm

Yes, I do have one and will be using it. Thanks for your reply.
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Post  Vash_the_Stampede on 3/15/2014, 4:18 pm

Hello Bob,

I think compacting the Mel's Mix would be counterproductive as the point is for the mix to remain loose to give roots as easy a time as possible.
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Post  camprn on 3/15/2014, 5:36 pm

No manual compacting is necessary, the Mel's mix will settle on its own. Do you have the All New Square Foot Gardening book. It is explained there that one of the great benefits of MM is the quality of tilth.

After the MM settles the gardener may top dress the the garden beds with compost.


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Post  walshevak on 3/15/2014, 7:39 pm

glad you\'re here  Bob Young.  I have an aunt and uncle that live in Wilson.

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Post  Bob Young on 3/16/2014, 6:09 pm

Thanks for all the input. I now know how to proceed to get the best results.
It's great to have such a responsive and friendly group of like minds and I look to the day when I will be able to share my experiences with others.

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