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Post  Kelejan on 1/9/2015, 2:07 am

I'm glad you noticed that some commercial compost has too much peat in it.
Many newer gardeners miss that and have unsatisfactory results until they catch on or start making their own compost. Very Happy
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Post  Marc Iverson on 1/9/2015, 2:26 am

sanderson, I think I saw Home Depot stock more than one kind of eco scraps for a while.
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Post  sanderson on 1/9/2015, 3:53 am

Green bag and orange bag?  The Compost has less wood than the Soil.  You can read the response from Ecoscraps when I emailed them.  Search box for Ecoscraps.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t14403-ecoscraps?highlight=ecoscraps
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Post  TSHRED on 1/9/2015, 9:57 am

@sanderson wrote:Tshred,  Great photo of your scores!  The only thing missing is some bagged chicken or cow manure.  (It's really cheap, less than $2 per bag.)  I think the consistency of EcoScraps is too heavy without peat moss.  This is my suggested recipe if you think the MG and FF have peat moss and humus in them.  Take a bucket worth of mixed compost and a bucket worth of vermiculite, and add, say, a minimum of half a bucket of fluffed peat moss.  There after, the only thing you will be adding at planting time, and during the growing season as top dressing, will be mixed compost.  PS:  The MG looks interesting as a sea source.

What say the rest of you gardeners about my suggestions?

Thanks for the advice. I'm not going with the mushroom compost because I can't trust it doesn't have pesticide residue and I read its high in salt.
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Post  jimmy cee on 1/9/2015, 10:46 am

@sanderson wrote:Tshred,  Great photo of your scores!  The only thing missing is some bagged chicken or cow manure.  (It's really cheap, less than $2 per bag.)  I think the consistency of EcoScraps is too heavy without peat moss.  This is my suggested recipe if you think the MG and FF have peat moss and humus in them.  Take a bucket worth of mixed compost and a bucket worth of vermiculite, and add, say, a minimum of half a bucket of fluffed peat moss.  There after, the only thing you will be adding at planting time, and during the growing season as top dressing, will be mixed compost.  PS:  The MG looks interesting as a sea source.

What say the rest of you gardeners about my suggestions?
My very first season with SFG, Mels Mix was devoid of home made compost.
Soooo I picked up twenty four 5 gallon buckets of compost at our local recycle center.
Consisted of brush and lawn cuttings so I was told by the mgr.
I knew I needed more ingredients, the following is what I added.
one five gallon bucket of vermiculite
one 5 gallon bucket of peat moss (fluffed)
1 quart of composted horse manure (from stables)
1 quart of last years mushroom manure (from a large pile)
1 quart of biochar (lowes)
1 quart Chikkity doo doo (local farmers supply)
Added these to a five gallon bucket and filled with recycle centers compost.
I only hope someday I can grow plants as well as that material did...
I'm now doing my own compost, last years season was a flop because of roots I have eliminated now.
We shall see.
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Post  TSHRED on 1/9/2015, 10:50 am

@llama momma wrote:I used cut strips of panty hose. Cut strips horizontally from the legs. Very economical. Tie several strips from short young plants and train them over and attach to the net. I tightened it up almost every day and they moved right over.  Gave support on windy days too.

I like that idea rather than the standard green nursery tape. Panty hose would be a lot more flexible and forgiving on soft stems I would think.
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Post  TSHRED on 1/9/2015, 3:05 pm

Final mix per planter

1 part = 1 cu ft.

3 parts --- Roots Organic Marine Green Compost
2.5 parts --- Organic Fox Farms Ocean Forest
2 parts --- EcoScraps Compost
2 parts --- Organic Chicken Manure Compost
4 parts --- Coarse Vermiculite 
1.5 parts (compressed) --- Organic Peat Moss
.5 parts --- Organic EB Stone Compost (leftover I had laying around)


All of the composts had quite a bit of forest in them so I downgraded the peat a bit.   

It smells nice and rich.
I watered it in good  and won't plant for a while to give it a chance to "cook" a bit.






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Post  Kelejan on 1/9/2015, 3:26 pm

Your set-up is lovely.
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Post  TSHRED on 1/9/2015, 4:08 pm

@Kelejan wrote:Your set-up is lovely.

Thank you!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/9/2015, 6:53 pm

Yes, it is!!  Woo-hoo!  Doesn't that feel great??!!
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Post  TSHRED on 1/9/2015, 8:42 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Yes, it is!!  Woo-hoo!  Doesn't that feel great??!!

My back and body hurt a bit but it's a good hurt, a good feeling.

sunny
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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/10/2015, 9:04 am

Beautiful boxes, Tshred. I'm curious, what types or brands of paint or stains did you use?

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Post  TSHRED on 1/10/2015, 9:16 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:Beautiful boxes, Tshred. I'm curious, what types or brands of paint or stains did you use?

CC

I used some Behr Weatherproofing Solid Color Stain in the color Sandal.

http://www.behr.com/consumer/products/wood-stains-finishes-cleaners-and-strippers/behr-premium-solid-color-weatherproofing-wood-stain
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Post  Goosegirl on 1/10/2015, 10:07 am

Looking great! Start looking around your yard for where you will put the next box (and the next, and the next, and the......). As has been said earlier on this thread: it is addicting! Can't wait to see some green sprouting in those box beauties!!!
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Post  TSHRED on 1/10/2015, 10:20 am

@Goosegirl wrote:Looking great!     Start looking around your yard for where you will put the next box (and the next, and the next, and the......).  As has been said earlier on this thread:  it is addicting!   Can't wait to see some green sprouting in those box beauties!!!

Thanks! Greenery coming soon. 
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Grid and trellis ready to install

Post  TSHRED on 1/17/2015, 12:17 pm

Drip system in! 

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Post  sanderson on 1/17/2015, 12:22 pm

Next, grids and greens.
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Post  TSHRED on 1/17/2015, 12:30 pm

@sanderson wrote:  Next, grids and greens.

Yep. 

In addition to the timed valves I installed these for fine tuning. 


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Post  sanderson on 1/17/2015, 3:47 pm

Would you look at you! Very Happy
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Post  TSHRED on 1/17/2015, 4:46 pm

@sanderson wrote:Would you look at you! Very Happy
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/18/2015, 6:42 am

W.O.W.  



smiles     

Looks GREAT!
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Post  TSHRED on 1/18/2015, 10:26 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:W.O.W.  



smiles     

Looks GREAT!

Thanks. These beds actually ended up being 4' x 5' so now I have 40 squares to try and figure out. 
 
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/18/2015, 1:23 pm

Hey, Everyone! 

Should we take bets on how many beds TShred will have by the end of summer?
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Post  has55 on 1/19/2015, 3:10 am

your beds look great and pleasant to the eyes. I salute you. cheers
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