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Post  Vicki G 4/23/2015, 9:38 pm

Hi!  I'm just getting started... 3 4x4's,  peat moss in the garage, vermiculite just arrived, will get manure this weekend.  I am anxious to get started!   Last frost date around here is approximately Mother's Day, which makes it easy to remember!
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Post  quiltbea 4/23/2015, 11:28 pm

Welcome to the group.  You'll find lots of help and lots of pictures of other gardens on here.  I think you'll like stopping by.
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Post  sanderson 4/24/2015, 12:03 am

Vicki, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here Are you going to be trying square foot gardening? I ask because you only mentioned manure, or did you mean compost.

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Post  Kelejan 4/24/2015, 12:15 am

glad you\'re here Vicki happy hi

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I echo sanderson's post, re the difference in manure and compost, just in case you have got mixed up which is easy to do if you are a complete beginner. If you are not sure, just shout out and you will be inundated with the stuff.

I mean, with the explanation.
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Post  Goosegirl 4/24/2015, 7:26 am

Kelejan:   lol!
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Post  llama momma 4/24/2015, 8:09 am

Hi Vicki G !


glad you\'re here  from central Ohio.

We're all here to share, learn, and encourage each other.  We joke around and you'll find lots of pictures too. 
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Post  Vicki G 4/24/2015, 8:34 am

Yep!    Embarassed     I meant compost.....   first time making Mel's mix   study    I'm glad to meet you all!
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Post  Vicki G 4/24/2015, 8:40 am

Btw,  how do you get the weather report posted at the end of your posts?
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Post  llama momma 4/24/2015, 9:40 am

Look at mine where it says click for weather forecast.  When it opens up I think you fill in your information and look at the bottom for help. Installing widgets I think?
I somehow attached mine a few years ago.  I'm great at clicking multiple times here and there then forgetting what I've done... Wink
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Post  sanderson 4/24/2015, 12:06 pm

Vicki, What 5 composts were you able to find? I think that is the hardest part to getting starting.

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Post  Vicki G 4/24/2015, 5:06 pm

sanderson wrote:Vicki,  What 5 composts were you able to find?  I think that is the hardest part to getting starting.
I start my search this weekend.  What 5 did you use?
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Post  sanderson 4/25/2015, 12:07 am

You certainly don't want to use what I used for my first box!!  I misunderstood what 5 sources of compost meant.  I bought the red striped Kellogg mix, thinking that the list of ingredients (way over 5 ingredients listed) meant that I was set to go.   Embarassed

Please read this thread:  It will give you a good understanding.  Then all you have to do is find some of these composts.   Very Happy
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t7452-mel-s-mix-how-strong-is-your-backbone

I know use my own homemade compost, as do others who have room.  I live in a small lot neighborhood so I had to squeeze the 3' x 3' x 3' cage in between a rose bush and a crepe myrtle tree.

Check Craig's List for aged / cpmposted manures, worm castings, mushroom compost

Home Depot, Lowes, etc.:  commercially bagged chicken or steer manure, Ecoscraps Compost from veggies, mushroom compost.

eBay:  worm castings (used by the handful) and kelp meal (used by the teaspoon)

Others will probably be adding their suggestions.  Anyone else from this state?  Any local suggestions.

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Post  Vicki G 4/25/2015, 3:55 pm

I found cow & mushroom compost today... will do more searching tomorrow
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Post  sanderson 4/27/2015, 1:35 am

Were you able to find anything on Sunday?

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Post  mapspringer 4/27/2015, 10:46 am

Welcome Vicki G!
Southwest Ohio has a pretty large amount of agriculture.  Be sure to check local nurseries for compost.  If you're like me, and have no shame, stop by a local farm and ask if they have any aged manures available (see llama, rabbit, horse, chicken). They are often eager to rid of it for free.  I know you mentioned you have vermiculite already, but I was in Baker Feed and Seed in Milford recently, and they have 4cuft bags of (albeit medium grade) vermiculite for $14.99!
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