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Post  Al Gladding Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:38 pm

I am building a new SFG.  I am planning to lay sold socker hoses in the bottom of the garden before I fill the boxes with MM.

Question:  Am I doing the correct thing?  I felt that the sow watering from the bottom would wick up and promote deeper rooting.

Has anyone tried this?  May I please have your thoughts.

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Post  sanderson Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:25 am

Al, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here Sort of unusual for SFG beds. How would you know if the Mel's Mix was moist throughout? I've seen wicking planters, though. Only 6" of Mel's Mix is required for SFG and most either water with a hose wand or use a top dripper/soaker or even spray system.

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Post  Al Gladding Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:49 pm

Thanks for your thoughts.  MM is absorbents so it should absorb water to the top of the mix.  Once I am finished with my project I will let you know how successful it worked or didn't.

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Post  No_Such_Reality Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:25 pm

New Mel's Mix because of the relatively high peat content is, imho, bad for this type solution. The Peat if it gets dry repels water and becomes a pain to rehydrate in the bed.



Save yourself headaches and frustration, put the soaker hose on top. 

I have a post from years ago where my drip systen failed miserably and upon digging in found narrow columns of moist mix directly under the drip but powder dry everywhere else.
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Post  sanderson Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:35 am

NSR, good point about buried drip/soaker system.

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Post  Al Gladding Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:51 am

Thank you for your advise.  I can see how the peat could be a problem.  I have not used MM before.  From what you are suggesting and what I am reading in the Forum, I wonder if MM should be 2 parts compost, 1 part peat and 1 part vermiculite to add a little more density.  

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Post  sanderson Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:22 am

Al, regarding peat moss, once it is fluffed, wet it thoroughly and never let the Mel's Mix dry out if at all possible. You can certainly double the amount to compost, just make sure that the compost are real composts and not "soil amendments". Ask us before buying if you want.
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