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Post  ToddK1970 on 3/18/2011, 10:24 am

Hello I am new the SFG world. I got a little ahead of myself and created the mixture before my book arrived. And now that I have the book I realized I messed up. I have around 35 cubic feet so I bought 12 cubic feet of Vermiculite,12 of the compost and 9 cubic feet of compressed peat moss. I mixed them all up yesterday and now my book arrived and I have read to chapter 5 and realized I used way to much peat moss. Could anyone offer some help with my issue.

The only thing I can think of doing is taking it all out of my beds and adding more compost and vermiculite and having a lot more mixture than I need. But at least the ratio would be right. Thanks for any help that can be offered.

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Post  miinva on 3/18/2011, 10:56 am

I'm sorry to hear that your mix is off. It's an easy mistake to make! We got some shrimp compost last year and luckily my husband read the bag because it contained peat moss, so we modified the mix in the new beds we were putting in so we wouldn't end up with more peat moss. Unfortunately peat moss packs very tightly and it's not always clear on the bags that the volume is much greater once it's fluffed up. The only solution I can see if you want to have the correct proportions is to pull the soil out and remix. I wonder if you could sell the extra Mel's Mix to someone else? It might be worth some thought since so many people are using the SFG method. I know I would consider buying pre-made Mel's Mix from someone in your situation for the beds that we're adding this year.

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Post  camprn on 3/18/2011, 11:20 am

@ToddK1970 wrote:Hello I am new the SFG world. I got a little ahead of myself and created the mixture before my book arrived. And now that I have the book I realized I messed up. I have around 35 cubic feet so I bought 12 cubic feet of Vermiculite,12 of the compost and 9 cubic feet of compressed peat moss. I mixed them all up yesterday and now my book arrived and I have read to chapter 5 and realized I used way to much peat moss. Could anyone offer some help with my issue.

The only thing I can think of doing is taking it all out of my beds and adding more compost and vermiculite and having a lot more mixture than I need. But at least the ratio would be right. Thanks for any help that can be offered.

Todd

Oh Man I really really don't like it when I do stuff like this, I understand what you are feeling... Hey glad you\'re here to the Forum!!

So this is what I would do if I had this problem: I would water the mix in the bed so it settles some, then I would just add more compost, ( a bag or 2 per 4x4 box) mix it up and begin planting.
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Post  ToddK1970 on 3/18/2011, 1:34 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I had submitted my question to the info e-mail at square foot gardening. They were nice enough to give me a solution. So I will be adding more compost and vermiculite, then I can add another box or get my neighbor started. Thank goodness it isn't as much as I thought I needed to add.

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