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Didn't get 6" out of my Mel's Mix...what to add?

Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 4:21 pm

I made up a batch of Mel's Mix yesterday for my three 4x4 gardens based on the instructions in the book.

However, I only got about 4.5"-5" of depth in each box, I'm not sure what happened to give me a short amount.

Can I just add some compost in to the beds and mix it all up to get me to 6"? I don't particularly want to do an entire mix of Mel's Mix again just for another inch or so.

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Post  chocolatepop on 3/15/2010, 5:21 pm

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Post  chocolatepop on 3/15/2010, 5:22 pm

I added a mix of compost and peat moss. I didn't want to purchase more vermiculite either.
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Post  LupinFarm on 3/15/2010, 5:27 pm

More compost can't hurt, and I think Mel says in the new book that when in doubt, just add more compost lol. That's all I do, even to my other bed that isn't of the Mel's Mix variety. Wink

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Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 5:30 pm

Thanks for the replies. Guess I missed that part in the book. That's the problem with this book, I get so excited about it that I'll read a chapter at a time, then go do that chapter. I haven't read the book cover to cover yet because I want to get moving after each page! Very Happy

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Post  mckr3441 on 3/15/2010, 5:42 pm

You're eventually going to want to mix up another batch anyhow because you, like most of the rest of us, are probably going to realize you want/need "just one more box!"

I use the mix in my other containers for flowers, too. So I always like to have a supply on hand.
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Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 5:44 pm

Yes, I am sure that will be true!

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Post  boffer on 3/15/2010, 7:53 pm

Hi,

I'm curious if you know, by volume, how much you put into your box? A 4x4 box, mathematically will hold 8cf. This is what a 4x4 box looks like with 10 cf in it. Once it's wetted down and settles, it still doesn't come to the top of the box.





I agree with the others. Compost is always a safe bet to add. But, chances are you'll be making more boxes so why not get a head start making up more mix now.

I always suggest first-timers should follow the recipe exactly, on their first boxes. It will give you a baseline to work from if you make changes in the mix down the road.
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Post  Bryanmc on 3/15/2010, 7:57 pm

I have no idea. But I did just as the instructions said, tried to fill each box evenly and was about 1"-1.5" short in each one.

I was *super* careful mixing this stuff too. I probably only lost about a cup during the entire process.

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Post  boffer on 3/15/2010, 8:03 pm

I'm sure you did it exactly right. Mel will be the first to say 'closies' are good enough for sfg.

Final volume will vary by type of peat and compost used-depending on the amount of water they absorb and then compact. The height of mix you have now will work, but it will continue to settle a bit throughout the season. I would add some more.
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