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
» How much room for Tromboncino zucchini?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:48 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:11 pm

» Monarch Supporter
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:04 pm

» Please Share Your Knowledge with a Newbie!
by brianj555 Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:03 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 9:27 pm

» New England August 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:12 pm

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:07 pm

» Do you fertilize? If so, what do you use?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:01 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:52 pm

» Time flies when you are having fun
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:42 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:23 pm

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:17 pm

» Experiment - Amended Soil and MM
by Turan Yesterday at 4:41 pm

» Aug 2017 lower south - better late than never
by brianj555 Yesterday at 4:19 pm

» Sweet Potato "Toast" -- MIND BLOWN!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 2:56 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 2:52 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:46 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 10:25 am

» Caterpillar - Good or Bad?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:15 am

» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:51 am

» Avocado toast with garden tomato
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:13 am

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:01 am

» AUGUST 23, 2017, 6:00 PM EASTERN -- LIVE STREAM
by sfg4uKim 8/22/2017, 9:38 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals 8/22/2017, 7:22 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by CapeCoddess 8/22/2017, 4:42 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by dixie 8/22/2017, 10:47 am

» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by dixie 8/22/2017, 9:50 am

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by Kelejan 8/22/2017, 12:35 am

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising 8/21/2017, 9:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Last Years Soil

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Last Years Soil

Post  cindyroo on 3/20/2010, 4:07 pm

Hi Everyone! This is my 2nd year at SFG! I had a blast last year watching my plants grow and harvesting bountiful veggies and herbs to eat! I did have some squirrel problems once the "warrior-like" wrens finished raising their little peeps. Wren houses are great critter reducers! Fierce little birds!

I live in southeast VA (it's 76 degrees today - awesome). The climate here is pretty mild in the winter - rarely gets past 20 degrees in the winter but gets pretty hot in the summer. SOOO - I need to get some kale, collards and cabbage in the ground before it gets too warm.

Anyway - I am buying my plants next weekend so it's soil preparation time. Should I replace all of the soil from last year (I make my own Mel's Mix) or can I just replace some of it? I have some peat and vermiculite left over but will need some more compost. I have some soil I composted over the winter but not enough for both of my gardens. My compost is full of beautiful fat earthworms, btw, but that is another topic.

Any help, suggestions, advice, etc. would be most appreciated.

Thanks,

cindy
Ptown, VA
avatar
cindyroo

Female Posts : 14
Join date : 2010-03-19
Location : Hampton Roads, Va

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Last Years Soil

Post  camprn on 3/20/2010, 4:21 pm

There is no need to replace last years mix. Throw in the compost. I would also test pH and other elements in the soil. You may need to add some other soil amendments. Well, that's what I would do. Good luck & Happy gardening! Cool Very Happy
avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Last Years Soil

Post  Daynannan on 3/20/2010, 5:01 pm

Mel says just to add a trowel-ful of compost. Mel's Mix is supposed to last 15+ years.
avatar
Daynannan

Female Posts : 65
Join date : 2010-03-10
Age : 35
Location : Rhinelander, WI

View user profile http://www.TheRedPineapple.com

Back to top Go down

Planning ahead

Post  Wyldflower on 3/21/2010, 1:58 pm

Should I plan to cover the empty beds with tarps next winter to protect the mix?
avatar
Wyldflower

Female Posts : 530
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 66
Location : Colorado Springs, CO Zone 5b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Last Years Soil

Post  LaFee on 3/21/2010, 2:24 pm

Not sure there's much to protect it from -- the cold is the cold, but it won't hurt your mix any.

Biggest thing is that it would keep YOUR workload down in the spring, as putting a fleece over it would keep leaves and other debris out, and would keep the cats and squirrels from burying their respective "treasures" in it. I think you want a cover to be air- and water-permeable -- although I'm sure someone will correct me if this is not the case.

LaFee

Female Posts : 1023
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : West Central Florida

View user profile

Back to top Go down

planning ahead

Post  cindyroo on 3/21/2010, 2:41 pm

That is a good question! I know where I am (SE VA) the winter is mild enough for me to grow kale, collards, carrots, lettuce and other green stuff with a little extra care on frosty nights. So I just keep mine going. But in CO, I don't know. Hopefully someone from your zone can let you know or call your local extension office!

cindy Smile
avatar
cindyroo

Female Posts : 14
Join date : 2010-03-19
Location : Hampton Roads, Va

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Last Years Soil

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