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Post  1airdoc on 1/13/2012, 12:19 pm

Seems like ANSFG says that we should add a trowel-ful of compost whenever we pull out a spent plant. I presume that means that we just need to maintain the overall level of the MM. This is my first year to actually have some "home grown" compost of my own. Last year (my first year as an SFGardener) my garden was a bit weak in nitrogen, and I'm hoping that the new compost will liven it up a bit. In the fall when I cleaned out the SFG I added at least one trowel-ful to each square, and I've done that again in anticipation of the spring garden.

Is that really enough? How much compost are you adding to your garden? How often do you add it? When do you add it?

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Post  boffer on 1/13/2012, 12:34 pm

Adding just a trowel-full has proven to be enough. However, I plead guilty to adding a little bit extra sometimes just because it makes me feel good. LOL

I add when I harvest. If I don't replant right away, it gives the weed seeds a chance to grow and be pulled before I replant.

When pulling dead plants, some MM is unavoidably lost. I will on occasion add a little extra compost at the end of the season to raise the level of MM.

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Post  ashort on 1/13/2012, 12:40 pm

I had quite a bit of settling this past year in my deeper beds so I removed the MM, added a several inch deep layer of compost and then put the MM back in with additional bit of compost. I assume after a number of years, one should add some peat or vermiculite to balance back out, but that is just an assumption...

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Post  Lindacol on 1/13/2012, 12:55 pm

I add enough to keep the level of Mel's Mix up to what it was when I started. For me that is usually way more than Mel's recomendation of a trowelful per square each time you harvest.

Also how many plants you have in a square makes a difference. A trowelful when pulling a tomato plant(1 per square) would not be enough, whereas a trowelful per plant when you have 16 per square could be too much.

To tell the truth I have added more than a trowelful to top off each of the tomato squares several times during their long growing season - 9 mos so far and still producing.

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Post  camprn on 1/13/2012, 12:55 pm

@ashort wrote:I had quite a bit of settling this past year in my deeper beds so I removed the MM, added a several inch deep layer of compost and then put the MM back in with additional bit of compost. I assume after a number of years, one should add some peat or vermiculite to balance back out, but that is just an assumption...
I just keep adding compost. The peat and vermiculite are just in the beginning.

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Post  Unmutual on 1/13/2012, 8:40 pm

@boffer wrote:Adding just a trowel-full has proven to be enough. However, I plead guilty to adding a little bit extra sometimes just because it makes me feel good. LOL

Me too.


When pulling dead plants, some MM is unavoidably lost. I will on occasion add a little extra compost at the end of the season to raise the level of MM.

I start some of my seeds in Mel's Mix, so a little extra vermiculite and peat moss goes back in.

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 1/14/2012, 1:16 am

That's kind of personal. Rolling Eyes

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