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» Winter ponderings about my Mel's mix
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Corn Growing

4/22/2015, 9:00 am by johnp

I will be planting a 4x4 box with corn for the first time. The book shows 4 per square with additional plantings every two weeks. Four per square seems a lot. What have you other corn growers done ?

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Watering sfg

1/18/2022, 5:07 am by Simso

So, mels book talks about a cup of water per plant when it asks for it.

My conventional gardens are on reticulation from a bore we had installed many years ago.

How are people watering their gardens, just trying to find out what others are doing

My sfg setups I have been hand watering the root area with a watering can, I am finding  i use about 2 and a bit gallons per 12 planted squares, i …

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Starting plants with seed starting kit

1/18/2022, 3:07 pm by Hawgwild

In the past I have started some plants inside to get ready for planting. They always seem to come out kinda tall and spindly.

Have been using just regular potting soil so perhaps they were getting too much or not the right type of nutrients.

This year I'm getting a starting kit with heat pad and grow light. Also will be using MelsMix as the growing medium.

Any suggestions would be …

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Starbucks for coffee grounds!

5/20/2013, 12:35 am by sanderson

The Starbucks manager not only gave me a heavy bag of used coffee grounds, he double bagged it and carried it out to my car, all with a smile! The grounds are super fine compared to drip ground Folgers that I used to use, so I bet it will blend nicely.

I tried a waffle house for egg shells but they didn't want the liability of giving me their "garbage." Any suggestions on obtaining egg

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Comments: 76

.?? Sfg to conventional bearing vegetables

1/15/2022, 3:12 am by Simso

So planted some zucchinis in the sfg and my conventional graden beds.

My garden beds, have three to four zucchinis at about 1 inch in length

My sfg has 1 zucchini 12 inches long and keeps dropping all the other little ones that appear.

I also noticed my watermelon keeps dropping all the other juvenile melons and is pushing the one which is about 8 inches round now, my conventional planted …

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Comments: 8

Mel's Mix: Replenishing

1/2/2022, 8:21 pm by Fishtell

Hi all, 

FACTS:  
This past spring Created and put in Mel's Mix in our new 24" in height Raised garden beds
  * We are in the Asheville, N.C. area  where we have had above normal temperatures (tonight going down to high 20's)  
  * We have 240 s.f. of growing area. (in a 20x40' fully enclosed garden)  
  * Bottom 16" consisted of topsoil purchased locally 
  * Nex 6" consisted of Mel's …

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Comments: 10

Bokashi

3/13/2013, 4:01 pm by jazzycat

I've been wanting to compost for a long time, but it seems so complicated and confusing, and I'm a procrastinator, so I've never done it. I recently learned about a system called Bokashi, and you ferment the food in buckets, and then add it to the compost pile, or dig a hole where you want to plant and cover it, and after a few weeks you have compost. It seems easy enough. You just toss in …

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Comments: 67

First harvest, leave the roots in or remove

12/22/2021, 7:45 pm by Simso

Folks,

First harvest coming out of my sfg, just some lettuces destined for the christmas salad bowl, 

Mels book saids to leave the roots in and just cut the plant of at the base, is this what others are doing.

Then comes the re nutrion of that square, local place only sells specific manure, eg cow manure, chook manure or pig manure, should i make a mix of all three?



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All I Want For Christmas....Holiday Garden Wish List!

11/28/2015, 10:10 am by Scorpio Rising

Kelejan and I were dreaming over in the Compost thread, I want tools for Christmas, power screwdriver specifically. And this nifty set-up, so I can start my seeds indoors myself this winter:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/gardening-techniques/starting-seeds-indoors-zm0z12djzsor.aspx?PageId=1

Anybody else?

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