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Post  scmelik 4/7/2011, 10:35 pm

I am sure this has been hashed out 1000 times but please induldge me for another one. I have all my materials:

4 cubic feet of vermiculite
HUGE bale of peat (not sure if i will ever get it all used but the price was super cheap)
40lbs of steer manure
40lbs of humus/manure mix
40lbs of sheep manure
40 lbs of chicken manure
as much city compost (grass, leaves, wood chips etc.) as I want

right now my plan is to make

1 4'x4'
2 1'x2'

my question is how do I make the mix and make sure my measurements are correct? How do you mix it all up? Tiller? Rake? Shovel?
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Post  middlemamma 4/7/2011, 10:41 pm

Fluff your peat...it will expand to double the compressed size.

I use a bucket....I put 1 bucket of each of my composts, then 5 buckets of vermiculite and 5 buckets of FLUFFED peat. Smile then I stir it up in a huge Rubbermaid tub (too windy on the prairie where I am to do the tarp method in the book) and go dump it in my box, then I do it again.

And again.
And again.
LOL

I am a very weak girl...so I do it this way...a strong man, or woman, or a couple of people could do it more efficiently for sure.

Happy Mixing!!!
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner 4/7/2011, 11:45 pm

Jennie, do you water/mist each "batch" immediately after dumping so you saturate your peat moss?
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Post  kerriejo1961 4/7/2011, 11:51 pm

Thanks, middlemamma, for sharing your way of mixing the MM!! I nearly killed myself trying to do the tarp thing alone. My mother finally brought me a shovel, LOL... She is 81 and weakened from stroke so she couldn't help and we were the only ones at home at the time. I made a note to wait till someone's home who can help me next time!! But I think your way is brilliant, so thanks for sharing!!
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Post  ashort 4/7/2011, 11:56 pm

@middlemamma wrote:Fluff your peat...it will expand to double the compressed size.

I use a bucket....I put 1 bucket of each of my composts, then 5 buckets of vermiculite and 5 buckets of FLUFFED peat. Smile then I stir it up in a huge Rubbermaid tub (too windy on the prairie where I am to do the tarp method in the book) and go dump it in my box, then I do it again.

And again.
And again.
LOL

I am a very weak girl...so I do it this way...a strong man, or woman, or a couple of people could do it more efficiently for sure.

Happy Mixing!!!

That's good advice - the tarp method doesn't work real well for me as I have a slopped yard....
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Post  kerriejo1961 4/7/2011, 11:59 pm

I have a sloped yard, too, ashort, well, gently sloped, but sloped enough to make pulling the tarp over ... HEAVY and awkward... never do it alone!!! Laughing
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Post  middlemamma 4/8/2011, 12:07 am

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Jennie, do you water/mist each "batch" immediately after dumping so you saturate your peat moss?

No... Embarassed Embarassed I didn't.

I just took a light hose sprayer and sprayed several times over a couple of days...stuck my finger in various spots to test it and it was fine....I never had a problem.

I actually forgot Mel's advice in the book about misting down the ingredients too. Embarassed
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Post  pattipan 4/8/2011, 12:45 am

We used to do the tarp method, but we use this now:
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The wheelbarrow is only 4 cubic feet, so even I can handle it. It's also
a help in figuring out how much it takes to fill a box. A real back
saver!

My hubby also bought a large feed scoop from the local ag store and we use that to measure out the mix similar to Jen. One scoop from each of our five composts, 5 scoops vermiculite, and 5 scoops peat. Then we mix it with hand and trowel.

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Post  middlemamma 4/8/2011, 12:46 am

Ooooooh Patti I like that idea...the scoop! Hmmmm....may have to retire my milk jug! LOL
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Post  Old Hippie 4/8/2011, 1:55 am

@middlemamma wrote:Ooooooh Patti I like that idea...the scoop! Hmmmm....may have to retire my milk jug! LOL

Oh....right through the heart!!! Milk jugs are FREE!! I thought I taught you better girl! Making Mel's Mix 88217

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Post  middlemamma 4/8/2011, 2:08 am

ooooooo.....BUSTED! Shocked
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Post  camprn 4/8/2011, 7:01 am

I mixed mine right in the box.
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Post  Barkie 4/8/2011, 12:36 pm

Yeah, not a prairie here but I can see half the vermiculite ending up next door if I did it on a tarp. Good idea to scoop or shovel into bucket, tip buckets into wheelbarrow, mix, I'll try that then see if I can get the barrow up a scaffolding plank to tip the load in.
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Post  boffer 4/8/2011, 12:46 pm

@Barkie wrote:I'll try that then see if I can get the barrow up a scaffolding plank to tip the load in.

At least you have decent barrows to do so! How is it that you guys (Brits) ended up with practical barrows like this..
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And in the States we are cursed with a stupid design like this...
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I'm looking primarily at the front end for pouring purposes. That's another thing I learned watching Ground Force. I've been complaining about our barrows ever since!
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Post  Glendale-gardener 4/8/2011, 12:49 pm

As long as it isn't too windy, I find the tarp method to be the fastest. Maybe not the best on your back, but faster! I dump out 5 bags of compost onto a tarp and mix it with a pitchfork. After it is mixed, I use the pitchfork to load the compost into a large garbage can(the big 45 gal I think). I fill it about halfway then I use a china marking crayon to mark the inside of the can where the compost comes up to. Then I dump that compost onto another tarp. Then I measure out the verm and fluffed peat using the line I marked on the inside of the can, and dump those onto the tarp. Using the tarp to mix it can be tough if you don't have a helper but it can be done. I just use the pitchfork to spread it out a bit, then start on one side lifting the tarp up and even kicking at it from below until I couldn't lift it anymore. Then I would pitchfork again and do it from the other side. this is how I did it the first 2 times, the third time, I had my much stronger husband help! It's hard work and probably amuses the neighbors but I got it done way faster than when I was mixing in the wheelbarrow. When I was all finished, I used a transfer shovel to load it into my beds and pots and put the leftover back in the garbage can.
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Post  MasonGarden 4/8/2011, 12:51 pm

Maybe those of us who live near each other can do the equivalent of a good-old fashioned barn raising, and have "Mel's Mixing Parties" to help each other out!
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Post  Lindacol 4/8/2011, 1:09 pm

I will never go back to using a single wheel wheelbarrow after using these:

http://www.ezhaulcart.com/our_products.php

They are expensive but worth it. I have the Utility Cart and the Jumbo cart. I use them daily for moving hay, feed and pen cleaning. They are so much easier to use and carry so much more than regular wheelbarrows.

But for mixing my MM I used 5 gal buckets and mix in a muck bucket dump in the bed.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/livestock-buckets-tubs/buckets-pails/70-quart-muck-bucket-burgandy-red-2229286

You can find similiar, cheaper buckets but these last so much longer.
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