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Post  PeakChick 4/2/2010, 3:28 pm

My name is Pam and I am trying this for the first time, having been doing organic gardening in 2 huge gardens for years (the weeds always took over no matter what my resolve was each spring, sound familiar?). Laughing

I am fortunate to have super, organically rich soil from 10 years of organic practices and last year had been playing around with the wide-row companion-planting concept (like continuous SFG boxes, only no box walls, just dirt mounds). Still way too much produce!!

SFG, you are my last hope!!

My one question is, why can't I just drop the boxes down into my fantastic soil and bypass the soil mix creation? :!: :!: :!: :!:
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Post  happyfrog 4/2/2010, 3:37 pm

if you really feel your soil is best - is it all compost?

then maybe just amend with a little vermiculate and peat moss to have great water retention and square it off - marking grids.

you'll still have weeds, but hopefully it won't be as overwhelming because you'll be focused on one square at a time.

i have a friend who uses 'native soil' because she feels it's great stuff. she wants to amend it with some vermiculite though for better water retentive properties.

welcome to the forum and do share what you decide to do.

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Post  WardinWake 4/2/2010, 8:44 pm

@PeakChick wrote:My name is Pam and I am trying this for the first time, having been doing organic gardening in 2 huge gardens for years (the weeds always took over no matter what my resolve was each spring, sound familiar?). Laughing

I am fortunate to have super, organically rich soil from 10 years of organic practices and last year had been playing around with the wide-row companion-planting concept (like continuous SFG boxes, only no box walls, just dirt mounds). Still way too much produce!!

SFG, you are my last hope!!

My one question is, why can't I just drop the boxes down into my fantastic soil and bypass the soil mix creation? :!: :!: :!: :!:

Hi Pam and Welcome. I tried to "cheat" a little on Mel's Mix when I first built my boxes with some of the "good" soil that I had from amending my row garden. In those boxes that I added some of my soil to the mix I ended up with what I was trying to get away from - Weeds. In those boxes that I stayed true to Mel's principals I had great veggies and flowers and no weeds.

God Bless, Ward.
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Post  mckr3441 4/8/2010, 8:18 am

Hi Pam, welcome to the Forums Hello from First-Time SFG-er in central Indiana 61949,

Don't forget to check into the Northern and Central Midwest Regional Forum. There's lots going on there, too, with some pretty local stuff.

Happy gardening! Visit often and post. Pictures are always welcome Hello from First-Time SFG-er in central Indiana Icon_biggrin too.

P.S. re your question... what they said: WEEDS! But you could take that good soil, mix it with some other stuff to make a hot compost to kill the weed seeds then use that in your next Mel's Mix. Best of all worlds!
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