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Should I add vermiculite in with current soil mix?

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Should I add vermiculite in with current soil mix?

Post  ohill on 5/2/2010, 7:35 pm

I am new to SFG. I have 2 beds. One with Dr.'s Q filthy rich soil with includes Sphagnum peat moss, compost, forest Humus, earth worm castings and perlite.
the other has the Dr Q's herbs and vegetable mix that includes Composted soft wood bark, peat moss, compost & coir (coconut fiber pith). It said to fertilize using these mix.

How do I get to Mel's mix from here? Should I add vermiculite in with this mix?

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Re: Should I add vermiculite in with current soil mix?

Post  chocolatepop on 5/2/2010, 8:43 pm

I would just add additional different sources of compost and probably some more vermiculite. Do you have a picture of the soil?


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Re: Should I add vermiculite in with current soil mix?

Post  Leighfluver on 5/2/2010, 8:49 pm

It doesn't sound like you need any vermiculite in the first stuff you talked about, but the last stuff could only get better if you added the vermiculite. The only thing I might do (since that stuff sounds so very rich-almost too much, actually) is to add some bagged garden soil from a garden supply store and some hummus. I know it has helped me because my initial mix was much like that from last year. There wasn't enough nutrients for the plants to eat.

It doesn't sound like there is ANY hummus in that second batch you spoke of and you need a source from 5 different types of compost/hummus.

You could mix all of your dirt together from BOTH beds(take half from each bed and put into the other) and then add two more types of compost to your beds. You should be good to go!


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