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Post  SewingMom on 6/3/2011, 6:41 am

I've mixed up a couple of batches of Mel's Mix using the recipe as is shown in the book to fill 6 - 4x4 boxes so far. Now I want to mix some more but I just need some for several small deck railing boxes that are only 6 inches wide by 4 feet.

Can I just take a bucket and fill it twice with each ingredient and mix it up in a large bin and get the correct result?

For the peat moss, I measure after fluffing but before wetting, right?

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Post  walshevak on 6/3/2011, 8:03 am

As long as you keep the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 ratio you are golden. I actually bought 5 composts and blended them together and saved in the bags so I could do exactly this. Also have the blended compost saved means I have it ready to add between plantings. I'm also keeping an extra bag of vermiculite on hand because I have to travel so far to get it. Peat is easy to get and can be kept in its bale if you are careful when opening it.

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Post  SewingMom on 6/3/2011, 8:58 am

Thank you, Kay
I'm so glad it will work this way. I'll be able to mix it right up on the deck Smile
I keep thinking I should buy an extra bag or two of vermiculite. My local Menards has them but I'm afraid they won't be in stock if I decide to make more boxes. Square foot gardening seems to be kind of addictive and I keep wanting to add to mine Smile

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Post  Denese on 6/3/2011, 9:08 am

@SewingMom wrote:

For the peat moss, I measure after fluffing but before wetting, right?


I had the same question. Do I measure before wetting?

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Post  walshevak on 6/3/2011, 9:19 am

According to the way Mel described mixing in the book, you fluff it up, lightly dampen to keep the dust down, and stir into your other ingredients. Then you wet it down thoroughly as you layer it into the container/box. Based in this, I would not soak the peat before measuring . Wet peat moss is HEAVY. The little bit of difference beween the fluffed and the wet peat is water IMO.

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Post  Kelejan on 6/3/2011, 11:25 am

SewingMom, I think it is a good idea to keep a bag or two of vermiculite on hand.

It will keep forever, and you will be glad it is there when you need it and don't have to go rushing off searching for it high and low.

I keep a bag on hand, also at least some peat as well. I always have some finished compost around so I am ready to prepare a pot or two to plant something that someone may have blessed me with.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/3/2011, 4:36 pm

The others have your backs. Good questions, though. I will only add one thing to keeping some vermiculite on hand...

It makes for a great seed starting medium, too. In Mel's book, he breaks it down. Plus, there's a long post here if you search "vermiculite seed starting." Or something like that.
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