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Post  gfish on 4/10/2018, 8:53 pm

I have raised beds 16'X4' and wondered about the soil mix. I read Mel's original book back when it first came out. Over the years with moves and other stuff I have had raised beds that deviated from the original concept to the point I had forgotten most of it. I recently purchased the new book. My soil is a mix of peet, 3 different composts and some mulch. Being in Florida I could use more moisture holding capacity. Would it work to just mix in some vermiculite? I could remove some of the mix I have to give space. Thanks Gary
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Post  jimmy cee on 4/10/2018, 10:59 pm

@gfish wrote:I have raised beds 16'X4' and wondered about the soil mix. I read Mel's original book back when it first came out. Over the years with moves and other stuff I have had raised beds that deviated from the original concept to the point I had forgotten most of it. I recently purchased the new book. My soil is a mix of peet, 3 different composts and some mulch. Being in Florida I could use more moisture holding capacity. Would it work to just mix in some vermiculite? I could remove some of the mix I have to give space. Thanks Gary
Good compost has excellent moisture holding characteristics. Include a quality top mulch, that will help a lot in holding moisture in. I'm not sure about the constant humidity you have there and what it will do in growing mix.
Vermiculite will certainly help, however if you go beyond the suggested formula...1/3rd each how nutrition will be affected. I can say it wont help...mulch should not be in the mix, only used on top for retaining moisture.
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Post  sanderson on 4/11/2018, 1:18 am

Hi, Gary. Welcome to the Forum. glad you\'re here If I understand correctly, you have a mix of peat moss and 3 compost with mulch on the top. ?? Mulch is for the top to slow water evaporation and/or keep the soil cool during the heat of the summer. I would mix in some coarse vermiculite. It takes in water and releases it when needed.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/11/2018, 7:06 am

Hi Gary. Welcome from Atlanta, GA! Glad you've joined us!

I would agree to mix in some vermiculite & then mulch on the top...
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Post  gfish on 4/13/2018, 4:02 pm

Sounds like a plan. Thanks
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