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Hi Everyone,
First time gardener from Ohio need your help. TIA.
I am planning for vegetable plants in a wooden boxes of size 4 foot x 4 foot x 8 inches (=~ 11 cubic foot). Four of these boxes makes 45 cubic foot approximately.
I filled these four boxes with the soil less medium as following: Coarse Vermiculite – 15 cubic foot Sphagnum Peat Moss – 15 cubic foot `Compost kind of` – 15 cubic foot (1 cubic foot each of below)
I have searched 50+ of garden centers locally (zip code: 45040) and couldn't find so called “COMPOST”. For next year I will be preparing my own compost so this question won't arise. But, to begin my first/ fresh vegetable garden; in the place of compost I used the following mix. I mixed them *VERY* thorough spending a week.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Question: is the following mix 'OK' to begin my garden? Am I sort of something here? Am I going to kill the plants with Over dosage? Any other suggestions/ideas to help myself is greatly appreciated. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
My `Compost kind of` - 15 cubic foot is:
1.Mother Nature's – SWEET PEET – Composted soil conditioner – 1 cubic foot 2.Nea's – POSY POWER – Powerful soil booster – 1 cubic foot 3.Premier Horticulture – PRO MIX – Growing mix – 1 cubic foot 4.Nature's Helper – MUSHROOM COMPOST – Organic soil – 1 cubic foot 5.Garden Magic – COMPOST AND MANURE – Peat & Manure – 1 cubic foot 6.Ace – COMPOSTED MANURE – Loosens soil – 1 cubic foot 7.New Plant Life – MUSHROOM COMPOST SOIL – Soil amendment - 1 cubic foot 8.Garden Scape – PEAT HUMUS – Decomposed Organic … - 1 cubic foot 9.Garden Scape – COW MANURE – will not burn – 1 cubic foot 10.Organic Valley – HUMUS – ready to use – 1 cubic foot 11.Organic Valley – COW MANURE PLUS ORGANIC COMPOST – Ready to use – 1 cubic foot 12.Organic Valley – ORGANIC COMPOST PLUS MANURE – Compost & manure – 1 cubic foot 13.Garick – MOO NURE – Organic Compost with Cow Manure – 1 cubic foot 14.Country Stone – COMPOSTED COW MANURE – Soil conditioner – 1 cubic foot 15.Earth Gro – ORGANIC HUMUS AND MANURE – Soil amendment – 1 cubic foot
Thanks & Regards Ganesh
In detail (if you are still reading this post ;-) ) Assuming the product is what the cover says.
1.Mother Nature's – SWEET PEET – Composted soil conditioner – 1 cubic foot Organic material made from wood shavings, farm manure & plant fibers (USCC)
2.Nea's – POSY POWER – Powerful soil booster – 1 cubic foot All Organic: Horse manure, sphagnum Peat, Brewer's Grain, Gypsum & lime 0.7%    0.45%    1.0%
3.Premier Horticulture – PRO MIX – Growing mix – 1 cubic foot Compost Enrich (from shrimp, seaweed, softwood bark), Microrise inside, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Peat Humus (OMRI)
4.Nature's Helper – MUSHROOM COMPOST – Organic soil – 1 cubic foot
5.Garden Magic – COMPOST AND MANURE – Peat & Manure – 1 cubic foot Reed sedge Peat, Manure 0.1%    0.1%    0.1%
6.Ace – COMPOSTED MANURE – Loosens soil – 1 cubic foot 0.5%    0.5%    0.5%
7.New Plant Life – MUSHROOM COMPOST SOIL – Soil amendment - 1 cubic foot
8.Garden Scape – PEAT HUMUS – Decomposed Organic … - 1 cubic foot A decomposed organic forest peat fiber
9.Garden Scape – COW MANURE – will not burn – 1 cubic foot 1%    1%    1%
10.Organic Valley – HUMUS – ready to use – 1 cubic foot
11.Organic Valley – COW MANURE PLUS ORGANIC COMPOST – Ready to use – 1 cubic foot 0.05%    0.05%    0.05% (USCC)
12.Organic Valley – ORGANIC COMPOST PLUS MANURE – Compost & manure – 1 cubic foot 0.05%    0.05%    0.05%
13.Garick – MOO NURE – Organic Compost with Cow Manure – 1 cubic foot 0.2%    0.2%    0.2% (USCC)
14.Country Stone – COMPOSTED COW MANURE – Soil conditioner – 1 cubic foot Cow manure, Peat and Humus 0.05%    0.05%    0.05%
15.Earth Gro – ORGANIC HUMUS AND MANURE – Soil amendment – 1 cubic foot 90% organic humus (peat, compost, forest products) and 10% manure 0.05%    0.05%    0.05%
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I swore I'd answered this post, but my response hasn't not materialized :-) Perhaps I addressed it to the author rather than to the forum and it went directly to him via email......I have that problem now and again!
gar_newbie, if you did not receive my response, let me know and I'll repost. As I stated in it, I think you may have some problems with your 'mix' going forward.
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Your final mix should be about 20% clay 20% -30% sand. You may want to pulverize (as best you can) a bag of charcoal (not briquettes) and throw it in as well.
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I think I didn't understand the MEL's mix the way its actual intention is.
Based on the book 'square foot gardening' by 'mel bartholomew' (www.squarefootgardening.com) MEL's mix is: 1/3 Peat Moss 1/3 Coarse Vermiculite 1/3 Compost (from Various sources)
Whenever I visited a garden store in the search of 'COMPOST'- I Just bought one bag of whatever is available with them. (to ensure various sources)
The boxes are sitting on the ground just on top of weed protector cloth.
Thanks Ganesh
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vermiculite is no longer recommended... it is related to asbestos and inhaling it is as dangerous. Ingrid
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