Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Today at 11:35 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals Today at 10:29 am

» N & C Midwest; July 2017 !
by CapeCoddess Today at 7:23 am

» Growing Romanesco Broccoli
by plantoid Today at 7:20 am

» Today's Harvest
by CapeCoddess Today at 7:16 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JULY 2017?
by sanderson Today at 2:07 am

» Eggplant Blossom End Rot?
by sanderson Today at 2:04 am

» What do you know about making sauerkraut?
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 10:36 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:18 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» Tornado Cake
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:04 pm

» Do I need to pollinate my zucchinis?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 10:19 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:21 am

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:07 am

» Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:59 am

» Friday Rookie Topic XII: Cucumbers
by Scorpio Rising 7/24/2017, 8:40 pm

» More on garlic scapes
by greatgranny 7/24/2017, 7:17 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by SwampTroll 7/24/2017, 2:47 pm

» My early garden
by sanderson 7/24/2017, 3:15 am

» Garden Footwear
by sanderson 7/24/2017, 3:14 am

» Square footage
by sanderson 7/24/2017, 3:03 am

» Healthy Meals
by RoOsTeR 7/23/2017, 10:19 pm

» HELP! Sweet Potato Plant!
by countrynaturals 7/23/2017, 11:26 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 7/22/2017, 9:10 pm

» New England July 2017
by quiltbea 7/22/2017, 8:10 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 7/22/2017, 7:38 pm

» Green Caterpillars
by sanderson 7/22/2017, 2:22 pm

» Some of our Gluten-free Cajun Recipes
by sanderson 7/22/2017, 1:50 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson 7/22/2017, 1:43 pm

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals 7/22/2017, 12:03 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 4:21 pm

I made up a batch of Mel's Mix yesterday for my three 4x4 gardens based on the instructions in the book.

However, I only got about 4.5"-5" of depth in each box, I'm not sure what happened to give me a short amount.

Can I just add some compost in to the beds and mix it all up to get me to 6"? I don't particularly want to do an entire mix of Mel's Mix again just for another inch or so.

Thanks!

Bryanmc

Posts : 4
Join date : 2010-03-15

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  chocolatepop on 3/15/2010, 5:21 pm

opps


Last edited by chocolatepop on 3/15/2010, 5:23 pm; edited 1 time in total
avatar
chocolatepop

Female Posts : 768
Join date : 2010-03-11
Age : 37
Location : Flint Area, Michigan (zone 5a-5b)

View user profile http://chocolatepopsurbangarden.wordpress.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  chocolatepop on 3/15/2010, 5:22 pm

I added a mix of compost and peat moss. I didn't want to purchase more vermiculite either.
avatar
chocolatepop

Female Posts : 768
Join date : 2010-03-11
Age : 37
Location : Flint Area, Michigan (zone 5a-5b)

View user profile http://chocolatepopsurbangarden.wordpress.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  LupinFarm on 3/15/2010, 5:27 pm

More compost can't hurt, and I think Mel says in the new book that when in doubt, just add more compost lol. That's all I do, even to my other bed that isn't of the Mel's Mix variety. Wink

LupinFarm

Posts : 66
Join date : 2010-03-13
Age : 28
Location : Springbrook, Ont. (Zone 5b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 5:30 pm

Thanks for the replies. Guess I missed that part in the book. That's the problem with this book, I get so excited about it that I'll read a chapter at a time, then go do that chapter. I haven't read the book cover to cover yet because I want to get moving after each page! Very Happy

Bryanmc

Posts : 4
Join date : 2010-03-15

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  mckr3441 on 3/15/2010, 5:42 pm

You're eventually going to want to mix up another batch anyhow because you, like most of the rest of us, are probably going to realize you want/need "just one more box!"

I use the mix in my other containers for flowers, too. So I always like to have a supply on hand.
avatar
mckr3441

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 765
Join date : 2010-03-05
Age : 77
Location : Cleveland Heights, Ohio (5b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 5:44 pm

Yes, I am sure that will be true!

Bryanmc

Posts : 4
Join date : 2010-03-15

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  boffer on 3/15/2010, 7:53 pm

Hi,

I'm curious if you know, by volume, how much you put into your box? A 4x4 box, mathematically will hold 8cf. This is what a 4x4 box looks like with 10 cf in it. Once it's wetted down and settles, it still doesn't come to the top of the box.





I agree with the others. Compost is always a safe bet to add. But, chances are you'll be making more boxes so why not get a head start making up more mix now.

I always suggest first-timers should follow the recipe exactly, on their first boxes. It will give you a baseline to work from if you make changes in the mix down the road.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 7:57 pm

I have no idea. But I did just as the instructions said, tried to fill each box evenly and was about 1"-1.5" short in each one.

I was *super* careful mixing this stuff too. I probably only lost about a cup during the entire process.

Bryanmc

Posts : 4
Join date : 2010-03-15

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  boffer on 3/15/2010, 8:03 pm

I'm sure you did it exactly right. Mel will be the first to say 'closies' are good enough for sfg.

Final volume will vary by type of peat and compost used-depending on the amount of water they absorb and then compact. The height of mix you have now will work, but it will continue to settle a bit throughout the season. I would add some more.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum