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Post  TGCooper on 8/10/2014, 2:42 pm

I am starting my first SFG on s balcony, sow will be starting small with two 2 x 4 boxes and probably adding another two in the fall or winter.   I have the first box built (great fun project with my son) and have been searching around Houston for the components for Mel's mix.   I came across a retailer yesterday that probably carries enough different composts, but they also had a mix that they claim is based on the SFG recipe for Mel's Mix.  May run be just a bit more, but there would not be the leftovers as with the 5 composts and others if I make my own.  Before I go forward with this, I wanted to inquire on two points:
a) Anyone here has had experience with this mix - Lady Bug Brands Raised Bed Mix.  Any input pro or con would be greatly appreiciated. Since i am new, I cannot post a link.

b) The bag and website indicates it contains coir and peat, but no indication of the percentage.  I know from the book that peat is preferred, but again, if anyone has used this, I would appreciate hearing about your results.

Also, this forum is great, I have learned a lot in a few hours browsing around here.
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Post  camprn on 8/10/2014, 3:02 pm

Yes, some have used it with consistently poor results; you are better off making your own and can control the quality of composts.

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Post  sanderson on 8/10/2014, 9:17 pm

@camprn wrote:Yes, some have used it with consistently poor results; you are better off making your own and can control the quality of composts.
+1   With that said, if storage is a real problem, then a ready mix may be the way you have to go.  You will probably have to amend it shortly with some fertilizer.  Just be prepared.  Question:  What are the 5 different composts that you have found?

PS:  A few Newbies have used inferior ready-mix or made the Mel's Mix improperly.   Embarassed   Including me.
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Post  walshevak on 8/10/2014, 10:21 pm

The Houston Home Depot carries Natures Way Mel's Mix. (has a picture of Mel on the bag) However, member of the forum have reported poor results until they amended the mix with some additional composts/fertilizer.  This might be a start/base.

FYI, I recommend any of the Black Kow products,  Black Kow, Black Hen, and their mushroom compost.  If I had to use the pre-made mix, I would add a bag of Black Hen to every 2 bags of it.  Yes, I know the bag of Black Hen says fertilizer, but it is still made from composted chicken manure.  

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Post  GloriaG on 8/10/2014, 11:32 pm

Hi Tom,

Welcome to the forum.

I'm near Dallas and used the Lady Bug product in a pinch last year. I wasn't happy with the results from that bed.  The Lady Bug mix is pricy and I believe it just doesn't have the compost blends it needs for good results.  It would probably be fine as a component of MM, but not stand alone.  

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Post  southern gardener on 8/11/2014, 12:49 pm

@camprn wrote:Yes, some have used it with consistently poor results; you are better off making your own and can control the quality of composts.
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Post  Windmere on 8/11/2014, 1:32 pm

@walshevak wrote:The Houston Home Depot carries Natures Way Mel's Mix. (has a picture of Mel on the bag) However, member of the forum have reported poor results until they amended the mix with some additional composts/fertilizer.  This might be a start/base.

FYI, I recommend any of the Black Kow products,  Black Kow, Black Hen, and their mushroom compost.  If I had to use the pre-made mix, I would add a bag of Black Hen to every 2 bags of it.  Yes, I know the bag of Black Hen says fertilizer, but it is still made from composted chicken manure.  

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Proceed with caution with the pre-made Nature's Way product.  I've worked with 5 bags and my experience was that quality is inconsistent.  For me, I now use my own MM as a base and might add a little Nature's way to stretch it.

I also like Black Kow.  The cow compost has a great consistency and I've never had a bad bag.  I can't say anything about their chicken and mushroom products because they are always out of stock in my area.
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