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Post  Kathy Gizzi on 2/14/2016, 10:51 am

Could not find this answer elsewhere, and I'm about to hit the stores to get all of my Mel's mix ingredients.

Quick question, I am creating 2 x 8 boxes that are 10 inches deep.  I am doing the math for everything I need and the mix seems to be getting quite expensive to do the full 10 inches deep.  I know I read that I can fill in the bottoms of the boxes with sand, but even that seems pretty pricey.

What I'm wondering is....do I HAVE TO fill the boxes all the way to the top?  Or can I just fill them the necessary 6 inches?  Obviously, for curb appeal, full is better, but looking at these numbers, it may just not be possible! Shocked
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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/14/2016, 11:10 am

Six inches is fine. I leave at least a 4 inch lip on my 10" & 12" boxes for a wind break. The MM will sink over the season but hopefully you are making your own compost and it will be ready to bring the MM back up to 6 when you need it.

Last year's newest box sunk to 5" & 4" pretty quickly but everything still grew better than all my other boxes.
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Post  Kathy Gizzi on 2/14/2016, 11:11 am

Thank you so much!
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Post  Kelejan on 2/14/2016, 1:16 pm

I agree with Cape Coddess about six inches is enough.

Look at it this way, Kathy, it leaves room for MULCH.  Now go and SEARCH (top left hand corner on this page, and look at the advantages that mulch will give you; less watering - adding nutrients to the soil - adding the millions of of beings in the soil web etc. etc.

If you need more depth for carrots and other stuff, you can create "TOP HATS" to place on top of your six inches.

Again, SEARCH etc... Very Happy

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/14/2016, 9:12 pm

Oh, yes! Leave room for mulch!!! You'll need it...

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