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Post  go7tigers on 4/16/2014, 9:57 pm

Hi, I'm new to SFG and hope to get this started this weekend.  Just a question (probably a silly one) but I noticed the 2x6s at Lowe's are actually not 6 inches...more like 5.5 inches.  Should I get 2x8s instead?  Thanks!
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Post  boffer on 4/16/2014, 10:03 pm

Welcome to the forum.

2x6s are actually 1½ x 5½.  That is plenty deep for most all veggies.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 4/16/2014, 10:19 pm

One thing to recommend deeper beds, though, regards not how much soil is needed to grow veggies well in, but that a little extra space will give you room for mulch. That can be really helpful in hot weather and help cut water bills.
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Post  slimbolen99 on 4/16/2014, 10:41 pm

If I were to do it again, I'd go with 2x8's; that extra two inches costs more in the short term, but pays off in the long run, IMO.
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Post  landarch on 4/16/2014, 10:55 pm

I like the additional inches, especially for carrots and planting tomatoes and peppers as deep as possible for additional root growth....I also think the added depth helps with protection from scorching summer heat.
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Post  TxGramma on 4/17/2014, 12:36 am

Mine are 10" and I love the extra depth. It gives me plenty of room to make my MM a little deeper and to top it off with a nice thick layer of mulch. It really helps keep the soil cooler and cuts down on watering. I'm in TX though so it gets hotter here than where you are so I'm sure 8" would be deep enough. And not a silly question at all.
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Post  sanderson on 4/17/2014, 12:39 am

go7tigers,  Welcome to the Forum!   glad you\'re here 

The 2" x 8" (1 1/2" x 7 1/2") would be better.  Gives you plenty of room for mulch.  I used double layers of 2" x 4" (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") to make it 7' high.  A third row on some of my boxes makes them 10 1/2." Why did I use 2 x 4's? Because they were free scraps at a home construction site.  Very Happy 
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Post  yolos on 4/17/2014, 12:40 am

@TxGramma wrote:Mine are 10" and I love the extra depth. It gives me plenty of room to make my MM a little deeper and to top it off with a nice thick layer of mulch. It really helps keep the soil cooler and cuts down on watering. I'm in TX though so it gets hotter here than where you are so I'm sure 8" would be deep enough. And not a silly question at all.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/17/2014, 9:26 am

Hi Go7tigers.  Welcome!

We did 2x8's.  One hint - BEFORE you cut the wood, draw a line at the 6" mark on the interior side so you know where the MM should come up to.  Makes it a LOT easier!

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Post  go7tigers on 4/17/2014, 9:25 pm

Thanks for the help!  I think I will go with the 2x8s. 

I'm stressing a bit about getting started....it seems if the Mel's Mix is not followed perfectly the whole garden will fail.  No problems locating the Peat Moss or Course Vermiculite, but the five types of compost is a bit challenging.  Any advice on how to measure these accurately will be greatly appreciated.  Does it need to be equal parts of the 5 types of compost?  I'm looking to do one or two 4x4 beds. If this is already discussed elsewhere please send me a link.  Thank you!
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Post  llama momma on 4/17/2014, 10:45 pm

It's all in chapter 5 in the ANSFG book, but here is a big discussion too-

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t7452-mel-s-mix-how-strong-is-your-backbones
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Post  sanderson on 4/17/2014, 11:32 pm

Tiger,  This is a common situation for new folks.  This is the most recent discussion, but only one of many, many!   Very Happy 

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/18/2014, 8:32 am

+2.  But don't stress.  Do the best you can with what you got!
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Post  jimmy cee on 4/18/2014, 8:38 am

I added to my 8 inch existing beds, I now have a total of 15 inch deep beds, if my plants want to go deeper they can.
Wouldn't have done it any other way
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Post  go7tigers on 4/18/2014, 10:59 am

Just wondering if anyone has used Leafgro as compost...and since it is leaves and grass does that count as 2 sources or 1 source?  Thank you.

I cannot post a link, but it is leafgro.com.  I can get this from the garden shop by my house so I was hoping to use it.
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Post  walshevak on 4/18/2014, 1:12 pm

I am divided on where to call this on the numbers issue, but here goes.

From the websitehttp://leafgro.com/ 

the leaves are fall collected dead so I call them carbon
the grass collected while still alive so green.

This combo would be big components of most home compost piles

add 3 more at a minimum, but if you find more go for it even if in smaller amounts.

5 is minimum but more is icing on the cake.

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Post  go7tigers on 4/18/2014, 3:20 pm

Thank you, I also have mushroom compost (contains peat so I will cut back on peat moss a bit), cow manure, and earthworm castings to add to the Leafgro.  I also have some Miracle Gro garden soil which says it is made from hen manure...but not sure if I should add that in to the compost (any thoughts).  I've also seen "humus" which I did see included in the photos of compost in ANSFG...however I wasn't sure what it was so I didn't buy it.  My neighborhood garden company had pig manure, but he said it stinks really bad so I wasn't too keen it....

Thanks everyone for all the help!  We are building our box and mixing up the MM this weekend!  Can't wait!
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Post  sanderson on 4/18/2014, 3:45 pm

My 2 cents. Forget Miracle Grow garden soil. Use worm castings, composted cow manure and mushroom compost, adjusting your peat moss accordingly, along with Leafgro. The more composts used, the more you will be covering nutrition needs. (Until you can make your own)

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Post  Marc Iverson on 4/18/2014, 4:08 pm

Miracle Gro has had plenty of customer complaints about it being full of gnats, from the customer reviews I've read.
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