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Post  Bart on 3/18/2016, 8:30 am

Hi Folks,

How much new compost do I put into last years Mel's Mix to rejuvenate it?

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/18/2016, 11:17 am

Mel says a trowel full.  I always end up using enough to bring the square (or box) up to level again.  I've noticed, though, that simply using the trowel to "fluff" each square tends to bring the level up approximately an inch.

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Post  camprn on 3/18/2016, 11:24 am

I fill the box to the top with fresh compost then turn it under. In my experience, one trowel full of fresh compost simply isn't enough, and the nutrients wl be used up rather quickly by the plants.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/18/2016, 11:48 am

I use a 5 gal bucket or 2, depending on how low the MM got over the season.

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Post  yolos on 3/18/2016, 9:55 pm

@camprn wrote:I fill the box to the top with fresh compost then turn it under. In my experience, one trowel full of fresh compost simply isn't enough, and the nutrients wl be used up rather quickly by the plants.
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Post  sanderson on 3/19/2016, 2:01 am

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/19/2016, 11:51 am

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 3/19/2016, 6:46 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:Mel says a trowel full.  I always end up using enough to bring the square (or box) up to level again.  I've noticed, though, that simply using the trowel to "fluff" each square tends to bring the level up approximately an inch.

You need an appropriate trowel.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/19/2016, 6:52 pm

bwaahahahaha...
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Post  sanderson on 3/19/2016, 7:03 pm

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Re: Garden mix rejuvenation

Post  donnainzone5 on 3/20/2016, 12:37 pm

Good one!  Razz

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Re: Garden mix rejuvenation

Post  Zmoore on 3/21/2016, 8:24 am

My two cents:
2- 5 gal buckets per 4'x4' as "rejuvenation" prior to spring plant.
Just did that this weekend Smile

That's just my preference, probably is no specific amount/rule or at least it will vary by personal preference and even specific condition of peoples soils.
My thinking is 2- 5 gal buckets is equivalent to a 1" layer on a 4'x4' bed.  I've heard other recommendations for 1/2"-1" layers recommended.  Also, an original "Mix" includes 4- 5 gallon buckets, so I'm assuming a typical season does not deplete more than 1/2 the total compost.  

Anyway, that's what I've been doing, but I will say I may not be able to use that every year because of potential over filling.  So far, after about 3 years, my boxes are generally sitting at full after adding compost, but I do have one that's starting to get overfull, so I may have to adjust my "2 buckets" in the future for a season.

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