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Post  MoneyMan94 on 9/29/2011, 8:14 pm

Living on Long Island, NY finding one source for compost mixes has been a chore at best. Today I was able to score a few:

1- Dehydrated Cow Manure
2- Forest Compost
3- Mushroom
4- Lobster with Peet

Now is where the help is needed. I found a shrimp compost in stock that I can get my hands on, my question is will it be ok to mix the lobster and the shrimp together (too much sea food)?

Also I have found Worm castings 20lb for $29.99 and from another source 8qts for $20, should I replace the shrimp with the worm or use both?

I am hoping to not waste my money before mixing all of these together to not have good results.

BTW I will mix the Vermiculite and peet moss in as well.

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Post  floyd1440 on 10/1/2011, 6:12 am

Sounds like this is the first time for you and you are purchasing your own compost or do not have room to make your own. I have the same problem finding the different composts for a "blend" mix to put in my new gardens this fall. Lowes and Home Depot have a limited selection of compost so I will continue to look around but you seem to have a good variety already. I have read great reviews on worm casing so perhaps add that in lieu of one of the fish composts. But I am new at this as well so listen to others on this board.



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Post  llama momma on 10/1/2011, 8:41 am

Rob

Maybe you can get your hands on leaves, spent plants, and grass? Btw I'm a transplanted Long Island girl, Suffolk County, sure do miss the ocean out here in central Ohio!

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Post  camprn on 10/1/2011, 9:04 am

I would consider the shrimp compost a 5th and final compost to make your initial Mel's mix Very Happy but if there are any horse stables or a dairy in the area, maybe you can get some composted manure or stable litter there and add it to the mix.

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Post  MoneyMan94 on 10/1/2011, 6:48 pm

Floyd, it is my first attempt at using Mels Mix. I am buying and mixing my own compost instead of making it because I do not have the room to make the amount I need. I went to 8 different locations and called every nursery in the Nassau County yellow pages to see what compost they had in stock.

I just dont want to mess it up with such a huge cost to the mix.

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Post  MoneyMan94 on 10/1/2011, 6:51 pm

@llama momma wrote:Rob

Maybe you can get your hands on leaves, spent plants, and grass? Btw I'm a transplanted Long Island girl, Suffolk County, sure do miss the ocean out here in central Ohio!

I do have a forest compost in the mix so hopefully that will help.

As for the ocean, to me there is not anything more beautiful than watching the sun set on the ocean.

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Post  MoneyMan94 on 10/1/2011, 6:55 pm

@camprn wrote:I would consider the shrimp compost a 5th and final compost to make your initial Mel's mix Very Happy but if there are any horse stables or a dairy in the area, maybe you can get some composted manure or stable litter there and add it to the mix.

I called around for a horse stable and found one about 1 hour from me that is willing to give it to me for free. So that was a homerun, thanks for that one. They will not be able to have me come to get it for a week or two because of their schedule but it will be good for my next batch of boxes I am building. So for now I will probablly go with the batch I am working on.

I will have the mix made tomorrow and my winter plants will be in before the day is over.

I will post my final mix here once I have it all done. My 14 yo daughter is excited to help me mix it so that will be a few hours of Daddy time for us, just icing on the cake!

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Re: Help Needed On My Compost Mix

Post  MoneyMan94 on 10/8/2011, 5:22 pm

OK so I got my first box complete, all the soil is mixed in and there are plants in it as well.

I wound up with 1 box made of 2x6 pressure treated lumber and I lined the insides with plastic to stop the chemicals from leaching into the soil.

As for the mix I went with:
1/3 Vermiculite
1/3 Peat
and for compost:
Mushroom
Leaf & Forest
Cow
Shrimp
Lobster
Worm castings

Hopefully it will work out.

Thanks for the help
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Re: Help Needed On My Compost Mix

Post  Dondi on 11/21/2011, 4:49 pm

I too live on LI (south Nassau - epitome of suburbia) and have been banging my head against a wall looking for compost & coarse vermiculite sources. I have visited many garden centers and called almost every one of them on LI (including LI Compost) as well, explaining SFG to them and I usually get a funny look from the owner/professional, especially in regards to the coarse vermiculite. I am my wits-end looking for material;

I have built (3) 4' x 12' x 12" beds, which, by my calculations is looking like ~6 sq yds of material. I am trying to get as close to the suggested 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mixture as possible, but my search for varieties of compost & coarse vermiculite has turned-up fruitless.

Rob, do you have sources in the Nassau county area you could share?

I did manage to find one nursery that would deliver compost, but the owner did not know what was in it, what type, etc. So, I am thinking maybe get 2 sq yds of that, mix it with something from home depot (fishing for suggestions on brands of bagged compost at box stores), vermiculite (hoping I will find a source soon - probably home depot insulation aisle) and I can get peat from that nursery as well (debating on using Beat's Peat or ummm Peat's Beat instead of regular peat - any suggestions/recommendations on Beat's Peat?)

I realize I have started large on my first go (so don't yell at me), but I am looking to get the soil mixed and in the boxes so I can install the drip irrigation system and cover it for the winter. Any help/suggestions and especially sources for material would be helpful as I don't know what to do at this point - my project has started and sitting there waiting to be completed for the winter.

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Post  southern gardener on 11/21/2011, 6:49 pm

here is a link to some vermiculite, it looks like they can ship it? the price sounds reasonable, but I don't know how much the shipping would be. I have no affiliation to these people...just trying to help Smile
http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/vermiculite-4-cubic-foot-bag/soil-growing-medium

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Post  walshevak on 11/21/2011, 10:42 pm

Is there an Agway near you. According to the forum database, Agway carries vermiculite. There are a number of listings for NY, but I'm not sure whether any are near LI. http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/Vermiculite-Entry-Form-h1.htm


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Post  camprn on 11/22/2011, 6:37 am

I finally found course vermiculite at my local building supply house, not a big box store. It was in their insulation storage warehouse. Before I could find the vermiculite I used perlite, which is perfectly acceptable. I ended up getting some composted manures from a dairy and a horse stable. Do you have any of those in your area?

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Post  RoOsTeR on 11/22/2011, 9:12 am

camprn, so have you used both vermiculite and perlite? Just out of curiosity, what are your opinions, plus and minus wise on each?

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Post  Dondi on 11/22/2011, 1:00 pm

I think I may need to amend the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mixture... and seeing how the vermiculite is expensive and comes in 2 cu ft, or 4 cu ft bags, I do not think I can afford 2 cu yds of this stuff (I am looking at ~6 cu yds of total material to fill my beds)..... Like I posted previously, I found a nursery near me that can deliver compost (of which they do not know what type it is) and the peat (still considering the Beat's Peat - any recommendations on this?).

Any suggestions on a mixture here, given my situation?

Should I go for 4 or 5 cu yds of the unknown compost, mixed with a couple bags of the 4 cu ft bags of vermiculite and have 2 cu yds of peat delivered with the compost and purchase a variety of other bagged compost types to mix-in?? I'm thinking that being more compost-heavy, may be the "easier" way to go. I am going under the assumption that the soil is one of the most import factors for a successful garden, so I do not want to "skimp" on this, but at the same time, I am overwhelmed with this task of garnering all this my material in my area.

My beds consist of (3) 4' x 12' x 12" (I may do a little double-digging and replace the sod I already dug-up and place back in the beds face-down, so that 12" may be a little deeper). So, 144 sq feet at approx. 12"-16" deep.

Sorry for the lengthy post (again) and I appreciate all the feedback in this forum

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Post  camprn on 11/22/2011, 5:04 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:camprn, so have you used both vermiculite and perlite? Just out of curiosity, what are your opinions, plus and minus wise on each?

I like both and I'm not too picky. The perlite does float a bit in brand new Mel's Mix, but adding more compost after harvesting, I found it was not really a problem and kept it's place in the mix.

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Post  camprn on 11/22/2011, 5:08 pm

Dondi, you could also look at buying a bale of soil less growing mix like BM1 or BM8, these have approximately the desired amounts of peat and perlite of vermiculite already mixed together. Then add your 5 way compost mixture. This is what I did for my first 2 boxes when I set up the SFG, because I was having such a hard time finding the ingredients as Mel described.

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Post  Dondi on 11/23/2011, 2:52 pm

@camprn wrote:Dondi, you could also look at buying a bale of soil less growing mix like BM1 or BM8, these have approximately the desired amounts of peat and perlite of vermiculite already mixed together. Then add your 5 way compost mixture. This is what I did for my first 2 boxes when I set up the SFG, because I was having such a hard time finding the ingredients as Mel described.

Thanks camprn.... I did some investigation on the BM1 & BM8 mixes and traced them back to the Berger Peat Moss site.... went to the page of the sales representatives in my area and had a conversation with my area sales rep (they deal with commercial & wholesale, not residential consumers) who then referred me to a place waaaaaaaayyyy out on the island that is a distributor of their products. I called this place (greenislanddistributors.com) and AMAZINGLY they: 1) have heard of SFG, 2) Have ALL the components I need and 3) they DELIVER!!!!! I should be receiving a delivery on Dec 2nd. Thanks again camprn.

And for those of you on LI, green island distributors in Riverhead has everything you need... speak to Charlie!!

FYI - the following is what is being delivered:
(6) Peat Moss 3.8 cu. ft 30/pallet
(9) #2A Ex Hort Vermiculite 18lbs, 36/pallet
(12) Biomax Peat-Seaweed Compost 32 qt, 60/pallet
(12) Biomax Shrimp compost 32 qt, 60/pallet
(3) Worm castings 40lb 50/pallet

Thanks again for this forum, I can now continue my garden project!!

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