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Post  Chopper on 5/31/2011, 12:39 am

When I put in my 8 boxes last year I was able to manage using MM only for most of them but by box 8 I was out of cash and too impatient for my own good so I took a finished trash can of compost and used that.

All of the boxes grew well, but this Spring quite a few weeds popped up in what were by then neglected boxes while I worked on other things. While weeding, the MM boxes were super simple to clean up while the compost only one was a real headache and the same goes for harvesting root vegetables.

I vote for Mel's Mix!

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Post  Barkie on 5/31/2011, 4:53 am

Me and MM aren't the best of friends right now after all the Dwarf French white seeded beans I tried germinating in MM rotted.

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Post  shannon1 on 5/31/2011, 5:05 am

Bummer Barkie,
Beans tend to rot if they are too wet, or too cold. I just plant they directly in the garden, in MM. If you are starting them indoors to get a head start on the season you could try sprouting them beteewn two moist sheets of paper towel or in straight vermiculite and then planting in little cells of MM. study
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Post  Barkie on 5/31/2011, 7:05 am

Cheers Shannon. You're right, they were too wet. I think sandwiching between sheets of kitchen roll paper in a plastic box indoors is a good technique when it is still wet and cold outside. I also like chucking them in a sealed plastic bag of damp seed/ multi-purpose potting compost to get them started early but I didn't do either of those as I was using these Blue Lake beans to test my bagged composts for aminopyralid based herbicide residue. Anyway, I got a bean each from two of the test pots so I potted them up a size and moved them to a cooler spot. They can have their first day in the cold frame today.

I am in a very good mood because I think I'm past frost danger now.
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Post  walshevak on 5/31/2011, 7:40 am

So does this mean your compost tested herbicide free? If so celebrate.

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Post  Chopper on 5/31/2011, 8:45 am

@walshevak wrote:So does this mean your compost tested herbicide free? If so celebrate.

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It was completely homemade. so it only had what I had used and I am not beyond using herbicides, but I don't very often. So it was in pretty good shape.

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Post  Barkie on 5/31/2011, 8:55 am

Not quite sure yet Kay, thanks for asking, it takes up to 4 weeks to really see if it is present and active, this is start of week 2, they both have their first pair of true leaves, but there's no home test to determine if it is free of the stuff.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/31/2011, 10:16 am

cheers cheers Agreed, Chopper!
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