Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 7:18 pm

» Julia Child's French Onion Soup
by Scorpio Rising Today at 6:29 pm

» jalapeno variety question?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 5:58 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 5:56 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals Today at 5:17 pm

» Indoor Container Garden - City Living
by countrynaturals Today at 4:45 pm

» who has chickens
by countrynaturals Today at 3:49 pm

» Air Fryer! HELP!
by countrynaturals Today at 12:05 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by plantoid Today at 10:59 am

» has55's R & D Journey
by trolleydriver Today at 8:00 am

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Roseinarosecity Yesterday at 10:03 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 5:36 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in December 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:12 pm

» Areogardening
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 1:45 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:55 am

» What's Up? Yukon gold potatoes!
by saganco Yesterday at 11:11 am

» N&C MW; Deep Winter December/January 2017-2018
by Scorpio Rising 12/15/2017, 7:57 pm

» Garden Clean-Up/Preparation
by Scorpio Rising 12/15/2017, 7:53 pm

» CarbSmart (tm) Potatoes
by sanderson 12/15/2017, 1:41 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by Kelejan 12/15/2017, 7:51 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising 12/14/2017, 10:42 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 12/14/2017, 11:01 am

» New England December 2017
by AtlantaMarie 12/14/2017, 6:32 am

» Sauerkraut & fermenting veggies
by brianj555 12/13/2017, 5:28 pm

» Tomato Questions
by sanderson 12/13/2017, 3:04 pm

» Mid-South: December 2017
by AtlantaMarie 12/13/2017, 8:24 am

» New Composter - Need Help Filling Correctly
by saganco 12/12/2017, 9:10 pm

» December Avatar: 'Tis The Season!
by sanderson 12/12/2017, 2:29 pm

» The Research Journey:cardboard covering of newly planted seeds
by saganco 12/12/2017, 1:15 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

MM Party at My House This AM

View previous topic View next topic Go down

MM Party at My House This AM

Post  rabbithutch on 6/7/2014, 3:33 pm

I mixed 90 gallons of MM before 11:00 AM today, all by myself.

Yesterday I finally located and obtained four 55-gallon plastic barrels with tops and fastening rings.  They had contained aloe vera extract but had been washed out and were very clean.  The hoops for the top have a hefty 1/2" bolt to secure them.

I have a small bin for mixing concrete by the bag.  I used it to mix my composts.  It holds 15 gallons without spilling over.  I also have a 5-gallon plastic bucket. 

My method (or madness) was to put in half a 5-gallon bucket of mixed compost, half a bucket of peat moss (which I watered down) and half a bucket of vermiculite.  I then used a short handled hoe to mix the ingredients, then repeated the half-bucket process again.  I then fastened the top and hoop and rolled the barrel across the yard, turned it end for end and rolled it back.  On opening for inspection, the ingredients were well mixed and raking through with the hoe failed to find any of one ingredient in excess.  I purposely stopped filling the barrels at ~45 gallons to leave room for the ingredients to continue to mix.  Each of the 2 barrels were rolled across the yard 3 times.

Having done the tarpaulin procedure on my last mix, I find the barrel rolling to be far easier, less total effort and yields a very even mix. I still need to do this 2 or maybe 3 more times as my beds seem to be multiplying.  Sad
avatar
rabbithutch

Male Posts : 293
Join date : 2014-02-08
Location : central TX USA Zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: MM Party at My House This AM

Post  boffer on 6/7/2014, 3:52 pm

 

I've been doing the same thing; just came in for lunch.  I use a number of 55 gal barrels too.  Some for compost; some for MM.  It'll take me a day or two, but I'll end up with enough sifted compost and MM to see me through next spring's planting.

I've been at this long enough to get ahead of the game so that my compost pile is always  ready a year ahead of when I need it.  No stress or extra putzing around trying to get compost ready in a hurry.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: MM Party at My House This AM

Post  rabbithutch on 6/7/2014, 3:57 pm

It is gratifying to know that I'm following in the footsteps of the master.  I'm getting my mix done so that I can do the Fall planting thing here in Texas.  I hope to have all 4 beds in operation for planting starting in mid to late August.

Meanwhile, I'm thinking about making a mixing frame to do the barrel rolling instead of pushing it across the lawn.  I think I can design it so that it can be used either for a compost barrel or for mixing MM.
avatar
rabbithutch

Male Posts : 293
Join date : 2014-02-08
Location : central TX USA Zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: MM Party at My House This AM

Post  boffer on 6/7/2014, 4:08 pm

LOL there's nothing masterful about me.

But I had to chuckle 'cause I'm using my homemade compost barrel to mix my MM too; it was more convenient to drag out than my cement mixer.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: MM Party at My House This AM

Post  Marc Iverson on 6/8/2014, 1:48 am

boffer, you are the master indeed. You're the kind of guy who owns a cement mixer, for goodness sake! I'm the kind of guy who owns a swizzle stick. Everybody seems to have such wonderful toys!
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 56
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: MM Party at My House This AM

Post  sanderson on 6/8/2014, 3:31 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:boffer, you are the master indeed.  You're the kind of guy who owns a cement mixer, for goodness sake!  I'm the kind of guy who owns a swizzle stick.  Everybody seems to have such wonderful toys!

 lol! 
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 15085
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: MM Party at My House This AM

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum