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Post  hartge01 on 8/10/2015, 1:27 pm

Hey everyone,

OK, so September looks like a good time to sow for fall crops here in Northern Florida. On the agenda are;
Braveheart romaine
Cabbage
Peas
Onions
Spinach

I ordered from Burpee because I received a pretty good coupon which was very much liked by the finance department (a.k.a my wife : ))

I have another few weeks before I pull everything currently in the garden, but in a couple of empty squares I have noticed the soil is getting rather "dense". I will be adding some Black Kow and a couple of other composts since my "homegrown" is less than desired so I am starting that over. It was really made mostly of small pieces of oak leaves. Anyway, my question is, should I be adding any peat back in as well?

Blessings all!

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Post  sanderson on 8/11/2015, 3:59 am

Did you add peat moss and vermiculite when you first made it? If so, then no more peat. Maybe when you add the new composts you can mix it up and make it fluffier. The Mix in my 4 boxes with worm tubes is denser than the other boxes and I fear there is too much fine worm castings. Adding home made compost makes the Mix lighter and chunkier, but then I get a population explosion of worms. The cycle.

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Post  hartge01 on 8/11/2015, 7:12 am

Hey Sanders,

Yes, I added the peat and vermiculite as per the instructions for Mel's mix. I do have A LOT of earthworms.

When I prepared the soil for the spring/summer crops I do remember it being very light and spongy and I did/do add homemade compost, but here at the end of the season it simply seems very dense. A of of sand.

I did a simple mason jar test mixing my soil and water and letting it settle over a few hours. The ratios of sand and organic matter where at the proper ratios as described for the test. I will have to see if I ca find the link again.

Thanks for the info as always.

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Post  sanderson on 8/11/2015, 3:10 pm

Sand? Are the beds the older version with 6" of soil and 6" of MM?

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Post  hartge01 on 8/11/2015, 7:57 pm

No, new mixture formula. Some of the compost I used was cheap. I think it had a lot of sand in it. I am guessing since it was sold by weight this added weight? I don't know. Remember I am still fairly new to this so being very inexperienced, especially when I started, I probably didn't recognize the poor quality when I used it.
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