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Post  no-till 8/26/2012, 12:36 pm

When I pull old plants such as tomatoes, do I shake the the old soil back into the square, or do I add fresh composted "Mel's mix"? I'm wondering when and how I replenish the soil (mix)?
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Post  rowena___. 8/26/2012, 12:38 pm

i do shake off as much as i can, then i also add some compost to replenish the nutrition of the medium.
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Post  no-till 8/26/2012, 1:03 pm

Thanks Rowena. That answers part of of what I'm trying to learn.
I know as in any form of gardening, that I'm using the nutrients in the soil. If my boxes are full, how do I add enough compost to keep the nutrient level high enough?
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Post  rowena___. 8/26/2012, 2:12 pm

it doesn't take much. just add enough to fill the hole made by removing the plant. in time the mix settles and you might need to add more than that.
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Post  camprn 8/26/2012, 3:41 pm

I go a bit beyond that and add as much compost as I need to to fill the box full.

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Post  CapeCoddess 8/27/2012, 12:30 pm

camprn wrote:I go a bit beyond that and add as much compost as I need to to fill the box full.

You do? I could do that. Do you mix it in or just leave it on top?

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Post  Lindacol 8/27/2012, 1:26 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:
camprn wrote:I go a bit beyond that and add as much compost as I need to to fill the box full.

You do? I could do that. Do you mix it in or just leave it on top?

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I also do that. If the squares are empty and do not have a lot of roots from neighboring squares I mix it in. Crops like my tomatoes that are producing for most of the year I just add on top when I see that the MM level has dropped (maybe 3-4 times a year). I often add compost by the bucketful when I have adjoining empty squares.
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Post  camprn 8/27/2012, 3:43 pm

Lindacol wrote:
CapeCoddess wrote:
camprn wrote:I go a bit beyond that and add as much compost as I need to to fill the box full.

You do? I could do that. Do you mix it in or just leave it on top?

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I also do that. If the squares are empty and do not have a lot of roots from neighboring squares I mix it in. Crops like my tomatoes that are producing for most of the year I just add on top when I see that the MM level has dropped (maybe 3-4 times a year). I often add compost by the bucketful when I have adjoining empty squares.
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I mix the large quantities in with a fork when there is nothing in the bed.

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