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Post  recoush on 4/19/2014, 2:26 pm

Pardon if their is a better spot for this then General 

Today went to Menards and bought Vermiculite was in the insulation isle hiding out above the 2nd or 3rd rack up!

My compost consists of 1 bag each 
Mushroom compost 
peat-humus 
Cow manure 

Peat moss 
Vermiculaite

mixed up a batch on the big tarp basic thirds thier is some tarp debris leaves etc..
this is what mine looks like



Here are pictures of the meneards Vermiculite they claim this is large Looks tiny to me ? 





link to the item and the msds sheet which says this is large :>) 
http://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/insulation/loose-fill/vermiculite-insulation/p-1485908-c-5777.htm
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/19/2014, 4:04 pm

Recoush, you need 3 more sources of compost to make 5. Also you can add a little extra compost since you have two sources of peat.

See the white flakes in my Mels mix in the photo below? That's what large vermiculite looks like.

Your MM will probably work out fine with the smaller vermiculite as long as you can get more compost into it. Maybe someone with more experience using the tiny vermiculite will come along and help you.

What three other types of compost do you think you will be using?
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Post  recoush on 4/19/2014, 4:38 pm

Wow that looks more like what I was expecting to see thank you for posting the photo
 
As far as additional compost not a lot of choices most have other undesirable stuff 
 
Would love to find some worm waste manure. Or worm tea guess that could be my next project a worm farm was just reading Uncle Jim’s site.
 
My original raised bed has good wormy soil 
 
One thought not a good one, reclaim 50% of the existing soil and mix in the New MMix
 
I have read some think this is a bad idea due to possible ph Differences and the possibility of other contaminates

 
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Post  camprn on 4/19/2014, 5:32 pm

Recoush, I don't want to burst your bubble, but peat humus is not compost. So that means your mel's mix only has two composts. I STRONGLY encourage you to find the other three types and add to the mix. If not you will have a problem down the road and with disappointment.

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Post  Turan on 4/19/2014, 5:54 pm

@camprn wrote:Recoush, I don't want to burst your bubble, but peat humus is not compost. So that means your mel's mix only has two composts. I STRONGLY encourage you to find the other three types and add to the mix. If not you will have a problem down the road and with disappointment.

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The peat humus is just more of the peat component. Humus is what comnpost is when it has finished composting to a point that it is stable, ie has no nutrients.

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Post  camprn on 4/19/2014, 6:11 pm

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/grd/4419338256.html

any dairy farms or horse stables near by?

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Post  recoush on 4/19/2014, 6:26 pm

bummer well 2 out of 5 back to the store have to do some more traveling.


hear Jungs in Sun prairie is supposed to carry mels mix will check that out next time i am in Madison 
will try lowes and see if they can get some here locally 


all i can find here is mushroom and cow Supposed to be Organic compost but what i have seen is very poor quality, No worm casings Guess i may have to add a liquid cocktail 


amazon has worm casings for 20 buck for 15 lbs found another place has  2 15lb bags total 30 lbs for 32 free shipping may order a few bags not sure what other options maybe a liquid cocktail


wow never thought to check Craig s will take the Small trailer a big tarp over and have them load it up have a trip planned for YORK PA so will have to wait a bit 
a little over a 1/2 hour south 
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Post  camprn on 4/19/2014, 6:35 pm

You would only want about 10% of the compost mix to be worm casting. Keep looking, think creatively and out of the box store. Call some local nurseries and see if they have some bulk compost. Look around. You WILL find it all.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 4/19/2014, 9:35 pm

There are some organic blended composts that can serve as one of your five.  Check out your local nurseries (not big-box stores), and read the labels carefully.  You want one that doesn't contain perlite or peat moss.

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Post  Chopper on 4/20/2014, 12:36 pm

The more boutique type nurseries often have bags of compost. Just read the labels. I prefer organic but when push comes to shove I am not a stickler. Compost is compost. One of my best beds at my old place was when I ran out of cash and dumped my trash can of compost I was making (table scraps and grass clippings mainly) into a box. It was not as fluffy light as the MM but things sure liked to grow there. So compost is key.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 4/20/2014, 3:04 pm

Wow, that's pretty shameless calling those tiny vermiculite grains "large." By that standard, I wonder what the small ones are supposed to look like, if they're even individually visible.
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