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Post  freedoms1791 10/20/2014, 11:17 pm

I can't get this to work?
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Post  jimmy cee 10/21/2014, 10:15 pm

Hi Freedoms
Why not post an example ?
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Post  freedoms1791 10/21/2014, 10:44 pm

jimmy cee wrote:Hi Freedoms
Why not post an example ?

Hi,
sanderson   sent a link for a excel sheet that work the size was  33 X 3 X 6 = 49.5 cf.
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Post  sanderson 10/22/2014, 1:44 am

Yep. I just looked at the excel on page one and saw your values.

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Post  Allyn 10/22/2014, 3:20 pm

It's not working for me, either. I tried in three different browsers.
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Post  jimmy cee 10/22/2014, 4:38 pm

jimmy cee wrote:Hi Freedoms
Why not post an example ?
Sorry I apparently knew not what I was doing with my post.... MEL'S MIX CALCULATOR not working? 3170584802
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Post  sanderson 10/22/2014, 8:56 pm

Allyn,  Try this one.  Only enter the 3 numbers, and the other values will automatically change for your use.

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t5088-the-old-mel-s-mix-calculator

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Post  Allyn 10/22/2014, 9:23 pm

sanderson wrote:Allyn,  Try this one.  Only enter the 3 numbers, and the other values will automatically change for your use.

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t5088-the-old-mel-s-mix-calculator

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Oh thank you! Smile Silly me, I was trying to use the calculator link in the forum index. I had to try your link in a couple of browsers, but I did get it to work in Waterfox. Smile
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Post  Allyn 3/11/2015, 5:01 pm

sanderson wrote:Allyn,  Try this one.  Only enter the 3 numbers, and the other values will automatically change for your use.

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t5088-the-old-mel-s-mix-calculator

Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here

Oh dear Sad Did the calculator move? When I tried this link (which worked last time I tried it), I get this message:
"Sorry, but only administrators can read topics in this forum."
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Post  sanderson 3/11/2015, 5:12 pm

The calculator has been inoperable for some time. The Admin may have removed it???

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Post  Allyn 3/12/2015, 10:23 pm

Well, there ya go. Smile  It's been a while since I used it last. It was a crutch anyway. I calculated the cubic footage myself using good old-fashioned math. Mrs. Hood (my elementary school math teacher) would be so proud. Smile
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Post  sanderson 3/12/2015, 11:35 pm

Aren't you glad you didn't take math in the Common Core?

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Post  lneal 4/23/2016, 5:02 pm

With the calculator not working can someone please help me figure out how much I need of each component?  I have 2 x 4 garden boxes.  Also how much compost do I add to my old boxes each year?
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Post  trolleydriver 4/23/2016, 5:19 pm

2' x 4' x 0.5' = 4 cubic feet (assuming 6 inch depth in 2'x4' box)

Each component = 4/3 = 1.33 cubic feet (approx 1.3 cu.ft. of vermiculite, 1.3 cu.ft. peat moss, and 1.3 cu.ft. of compost).

Keep in mind that peat moss is usually sold in compressed form.  It needs to be fluffed up before measuring volume.
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Post  lneal 4/23/2016, 5:40 pm

thanks very much!
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Post  sanderson 4/24/2016, 1:25 pm

Each year add enough new compost to bring to level back up to the original height.

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Post  lneal 4/27/2016, 2:20 pm

Ok I am an idiot I cannot find a way to convert quarts to cubic feet...anyone know how to do this?
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Post  trolleydriver 4/27/2016, 2:43 pm

lneal wrote:Ok I am an idiot I cannot find a way to convert quarts to cubic feet...anyone know how to do this?
Thank you.
Google is your friend. Here is an online calculator. Be sure to pick the correct option, such as US Quarts (Dry).

http://www.metric-conversions.org/volume/quarts-to-cubic-feet.htm
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Post  lneal 4/27/2016, 2:46 pm

Thank you are great!
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Post  lneal 4/27/2016, 3:34 pm

What happens if you add too much/or not enough 
 of one part of the mix?
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Post  trolleydriver 4/27/2016, 4:50 pm

lneal wrote:What happens if you add too much/or not enough 
 of one part of the mix?
My guess is that is not critical. In some locations they use only compost because the other ingredients are not available. Now if you only had vermiculite and/or peat moss and no compost, then that would not work.

Perhaps the more experienced SFGers will provide a better answer.
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Post  sanderson 4/28/2016, 3:22 am

Ineal, Never short the compost. Short the vermiculite, short the fluffed up peat moss, but never short the 1/3 quality compost. Do you think you opps? If so, tell us what happened and we will try to help you. I opps when I first made Mel's Mix and the folks here helped me correct the problem. Embarassed

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Post  jimmy cee 4/28/2016, 6:47 am

sanderson wrote:Ineal, Never short the compost.  Short the vermiculite, short the fluffed up peat moss, but never short the 1/3 quality compost.  Do you think you opps?  If so, tell us what happened and we will try to help you.  I opps when I first made Mel's Mix and the folks here helped me correct the problem. Embarassed

I agree..Compost in my opinion is the most important item in the square foot garden program...my thoughts are it should be emphasized much more than it is.
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Post  johnp 4/29/2016, 9:47 am

If you want to know how much cubic ft. you need take your bucket 1 gal., 5 gal. or whatever. the formula is gallons times 0.1337 equals cubic ft.
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Post  Zmoore 5/10/2016, 1:05 pm

How do you upload an excel spread sheet?  
I've been working on a "calculator" to do misc. calculations for me, kind of consolidating things into one "area".
Thought others may find it useful if I can figure out how to upload it.
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