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Post  Lis L on 3/17/2010, 2:12 am

Hi! I am new to SFG. I have new 1X6 and 2X4 boxes for my SFG, as well as 2 odd shaped planter boxes (contoured to fit my deck) and a Whiskey barrel that I am hoping to convert to SFG, although I'll have to figure out how to divide them up. I have a 3 year old who helped me choose many of our seeds, so we are looking forward to blue potatoes, purple, red and yellow carrots, chioggia beets as well as some more "normal" vegetables.

Two questions:
In converting my planter boxes and barrel (which are quite deep), can I just put Mel's mix in the top 6"-12" over the potting soil? Or should I put in some sort of divider between the Mel's mix and other soil?

It appears that I have the older version of the book, where he reccommends filling the seed holes with vermiculite, but I don't see this on the website. I forgot to do this when plannting several squares today so it is too late for those, but should I do this in the future?

Looking forward to SFG and hearing about everyone's expereinces!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/17/2010, 6:56 am

Hello Lis! What an adorable picture.

It would be so cool if you could get the new book. It is VERY helpful.

I have Chioggia beets too. But I am still getting my yellow and purple carrots at TJ's.

My experience with container gardening says go ahead and put the new Mel's mix on top of your old potting soil. But my inexperience with SFG says someone who knows more then I should give you an actual answer.

Looking forward to what you and your beautiful boy "produce"

Deborah ....welcome from another Washington girl.
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Post  WardinWake on 3/17/2010, 6:22 pm

Two questions:
In converting my planter boxes and barrel (which are quite deep), can I just put Mel's mix in the top 6"-12" over the potting soil? Or should I put in some sort of divider between the Mel's mix and other soil?

It appears that I have the older version of the book, where he reccommends filling the seed holes with vermiculite, but I don't see this on the website. I forgot to do this when plannting several squares today so it is too late for those, but should I do this in the future?

Howdy: I love your veggie selections. The more colorful the better.

Q1. A1. My first reaction to putting Mel's Mix on top of your existing soil without a barrier was, Don't. Then as I thought about it my answer shifted to, Depends. If you don't have any harmful chemicals in your existing soil then it should be OK. If you have put bug killer, artificial fertilizer or other chemicals I would suggust you put a 3/4 inch untreated plywood barrier between your existing soil and your Mel's Mix.

Q2. A2. In the new book, "ALL NEW Square Foot Gardening" Mel has in his recommended mix 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 compost so there is little or no need to put vermiculite in the hole with your seeds. It won't hurt, just not necessary. God Bless, Ward.
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Post  Lis L on 3/18/2010, 12:16 am

Thanks for your help!
I have never used any chemicals, non-organic fertilizer etc. in the exsisitng contianers so I think I am going to put the Mel's mix on top.
I did use the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 Mels mix to fill the other boxes, so I am glad to hear that I didn't/don't need to use vermiculite in each seed hole, makes it much easier. I will probably get the new book soon.
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Post  boffer on 3/18/2010, 12:50 am

Lis

Be sure to check the PNW forum. There's so few of us here, we gotta stick together! One of these days we'll be able to kick some east coast booty!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/18/2010, 9:55 am

@boffer wrote:Lis

Be sure to check the PNW forum. There's so few of us here, we gotta stick together! One of these days we'll be able to kick some east coast booty!
Hey, if we can just play ball without the other Washington whinning, it will be all good.

But I digress, come make a stand (or at least a statement) in the forum.

Deborah.....doesn't even really watch much ball.
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