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Post  adutton on 7/13/2011, 9:38 pm

I am new and very excited to start my Square foot garden. What has everyone been using for the compost mix. I don't have a place to make a compost pile, so I will need to buy it. I 've read about mixing several packages of compost and don't rely on one brand. What are good combinations to use and where is the best place to get them. Any advice would be great.

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Post  Kelejan on 7/13/2011, 11:06 pm

Hello adutton,, I know you are even newer than I am here, but if you go to the top left of this page and click on forum, follow the topics down and you will come to Compost. It is about the sixth topic there. All about compost. Very Happy

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Post  adutton on 7/13/2011, 11:16 pm

Thank you, I just found it and have been looking at it.

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Post  westie42 on 7/13/2011, 11:34 pm

Lowes appears to be selling pre mixed MM in more stores than earlier this spring. you mite call around and ask a few in your area they seem to stock it by region or district so explore around. Nutrient weak compost is the worst form of disappointment you can unknowingly end up with in your MM. That mostly happens due to fillers used and commonly that is extra peat moss in it. If any comost has stated it includes peat moss I would avoid it like the plague because that is exactly what it will do to your SFG. Mine got a bad start due to unknowns in the composts. Luckily when it did not even look right I started using about 1/3 more compost than called for and that gave me enough extra nutrients to offset the deficiency. The purists in here will say to stick with the book but I needed results and the book says to grow in pure compost if the other components are not available. Well if you are being deceived and lied to about the compost content then technically the correct ingredients are not available. There have been specific composts listed in other threads which a little googling could find. Some have lucked out with Craigs List to locate quality composts that could go either way. Read the bag labels carefully and if at all concerned or uncertain about its contents call the manufacture before you buy it. BBG and Jmarino are STL gardeners perhaps they could list good brands and stores in Mo. to help you avoid the rough start plenty of beginners have encountered. After all the expense and work you are about to incur nothing will disgust more than lack of results. Nothing will feel more pleasing than good results. The difference is in your hands. Best wishes and happy compost hunting.

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Post  TN_GARDENER on 7/14/2011, 6:47 am

Call local nurseries for compost.

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Post  camprn on 7/14/2011, 7:27 am

I would suggest using the search feature and look for threads about compost. There are a lot of those threads and you will get some good information reading them. The best compost is usually a local compost. Check out your local farm supply store, speak with the employees, manager and check out the bulletin board. Call or visit local farms, dairies, horse stables. Go to Farmer's Market and talk to some of the Farmers, they may have something for you.
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Post  Lindacol on 7/14/2011, 7:52 pm

I enjoy this guy's videos. He has some interesting ideas.

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com takes a field trip to Lowes to talk about Square Foot Garden Soil

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Post  walshevak on 7/15/2011, 2:52 pm

Did anyone catch that he said you need two 2.2 cuft bricks of peat to make the 4 cuft needed for the 12 cuft of mix he was trying to make. Forgot to fluff. Also interesting to note that the Mels Mix bags recommends 12 cuft per 4x4 bed according to how this guy was reading the bag.

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Post  Unmutual on 7/15/2011, 3:59 pm

John does have some mistakes, but overall it's good information for general veggie growing in raised beds. He says he uses SFG, but it's a very loose interpretation, so basically: if you want information on the SFG aspect, read here. I usually watch all of his vids though, as there are quite a few goodies in them and if nothing else, he is definitely excited about growing food. For instance, I never new about Inca Berries(ground cherries, cape gooseberries...it seems to have a LOT of names) until watching his vids. I'm still looking for tree kale to no avail yet...

Have you looked into vermicomposting? You can keep the worm bin in your kitchen and there's no odor.

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Post  westie42 on 7/16/2011, 11:17 am

I caught that slip up too in his video from Lowes. I suppose he really loves gardening but a bright future in car sales or politics seems a better choice. He kinda reminds me of another John, John Edwards. Yes his videos have a lot of good info but some danger is included.

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