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Post  gategitter on 4/22/2014, 8:38 pm

Just because I live way out in the middle of nowhere, I am having to improvise on my garden soil mixture.  I have already put peat moss, cotton burr compost, and potting soil in my large bed.  It mixed up really good and I have planted in it as of today..  Now, I also have 2 large tubs that I am putting some melon and gourd plants in to climb on the old swing set frame.   But in those i learned a very valuable lesson.... DO NOT mix, cow lot dirt, cotton burr compost, and potting soil together WITH YOUR HANDS !!!!!!!   Thats NOT guacamole !!!!  eeeewwww.. Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  I think i found some fresh...... cow patty !! lol   Hopefully it wont be to "hot".
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Post  Marc Iverson on 4/22/2014, 9:09 pm

You planted in it before you put in the vermiculite? Uh oh. It doesn't sound like you have a very good mix, but let's hope you can supplement it over time. Sounds like for you, getting a robust compost pile or two going will be an absolute necessity.

If by "cow lot dirt" you mean cow manure, fresh manure, that is generally too hot.
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Post  camprn on 4/22/2014, 9:20 pm

Gategitter, I am just curious. Do you have the All New Square Foot Gardening book? It seems that you may not be understanding the recipe of the Mel's mix and why the recipe has 5 different composts.

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Post  Chopper on 4/22/2014, 9:57 pm

If you can get potting soil, you can probably get the other ingredients and it would be worth the effort. Being in the middle of nowhere probably exposes you to some good compost, like manures. Others can be obtained from stores. Vermiculite will help make it nice and fluffy and water retentive. The compost contains the nutrients so a wide variety is essential.

Avoid potting soil if at all possible. As with most things, it is easier in the long run to get it right the fist time than to try to fix it later. Good luck. I know it is hard to wait! Patience is not my thing at all.

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Post  SFGHQSTAFF on 4/23/2014, 6:22 am

Hey guys, just remember, the book talks about using 5 types of compost and the more types we use, the complete our overall nutrition. However, that does not mean that this is the only way of doing it. In my travels overseas, I have seen many variations that work very well as well. The key is this: Help you soil to stay moist, stay friable and have enough nutrients for optimal plant growth. Vermiculite is awesome, but it is hard to find in some areas. It is also more expensive and not a renewable product. If you can find alternatives that work well, use them and let everyone know about them. In my own beds, I am doing experiments right now using sheet composting, corr fibers and hugelkultur. I am working at improving our methods even more and making it even easier to have a successful garden without breaking the bank! Very Happy
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