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Post  danieggert 3/24/2023, 5:48 pm

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Hi all,

I was bound and determined to get this done today.  The garage is a wreck and I am cold and dirty.  But I am also so happy and feeling accomplished.

One 8' x 4' bed. 8" deep. 
Filled right up to the top

1/2 of 8' x 4' bed, 6" deep  - the other half is just black dirt.   I ran out of Mel's Mix.

I bought a food safe 55 gallon drum, plastic, and put in single buckets each of the 3 ingredients.   Rolled it on the floor of the garage 10X and it was perfectly mixed but I could not resist running my hands through it.  This was a great way to mix but I did have a helper with me to lift the barrel and empty into the wheel-barrow.  We filled the empty garden in 'lifts' and watered thoroughly after each lift.  each lift/layer was about six  5-gallon buckets of  MM.  

The beds fill a little 'spongey' with all of the water.  I did not pre-moisten my peat moss but did sift it.  I ran out of vermiculite and compost but still have peat left over.  I hope the sifting did not shortchange my 5-gallon bucket measures.  Please tell me it isn't so.  After all of the time spent, effort of searching for the right ingredients, cost and work, I hope I did not mess this up.  I will lie awake tonight worrying about this so please but my mind at ease.

It might still freeze here in Chicago before May planting.  It was suggested that I top with straw.  I don't have any and don't want to go out and buy some right now.   Can it wait?  

What happens if the ground freezes?
What happens if the MM settles?  I have no more mix, but I could probably make some.  Or I could take some out of the half/half bed.  I have attached pictures, I hope

All in all, a great day.  Next week, watching spring break grand kids and then seed starting.

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Post  OhioGardener 3/24/2023, 7:17 pm

danieggert wrote: Can it wait?  

What happens if the ground freezes?
What happens if the MM settles?  I have no more mix, but I could probably make some.  Or I could take some out of the half/half bed.

Can it wait?  Yes.

What happens if the ground freezes?  Nothing, other than the microbial life going dormant for a while.

What happens if the MM settles?  If it settles about an inch, don't worry about it, use that space for mulching plants this summer.   If it settles more than a couple inches, top it off with more MM.

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Post  sanderson 3/25/2023, 3:49 am

The Lion's share of work is done!! As far as settling, the 8" will be fine. The 6" may need to be topped off because you do want a full 6" to start the season. Enjoy your grandchildren and Happy Easter.

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Post  lisawallace88 4/10/2023, 8:03 am

Congratulations on hard work well done!
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Post  Chuck d'Argy 4/10/2023, 5:31 pm

Looks great
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