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Post  barbara barnett 11/16/2011, 11:51 am

It took us quite a while to locate all the ingredients for Mel's Mix but finally we got everything and got it all together this past weekend. We're real excited about all the veggies we've planted both as seed and seedlings and are anxiously waiting for all the little seeds to sprout their little leaves.
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Post  southern gardener 11/16/2011, 2:15 pm

fantastic!! post some pics!! We just planted a bunch to here in sunny southern CA! yeah for warm weather!!
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Post  Kelejan 11/16/2011, 2:16 pm

Well done, Barabara. We will share your excitement, especially we here in the Great White North, as they break through the surface.Very Happy

Keep us posted.

Today I had to scrape the ice off the car. A few snow flurries forecast, but not yet shovelling stage.
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Post  chet 11/16/2011, 8:09 pm

barbara barnett wrote:It took us quite a while to locate all the ingredients for Mel's Mix but finally we got everything and got it all together this past weekend. We're real excited about all the veggies we've planted both as seed and seedlings and are anxiously waiting for all the little seeds to sprout their little leaves.
Hey barbara where did you find all the ingredients for mel's mix? I live in key largo doing my sfg almost have all compost for mix but still missing one part. Its hard to find vermiculite check all hd and loews but none found. Did find a good online site and store front near west palm going on road trip this sat. to see if i can pick up some stuff. So if you have something closer let me know.Smile
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Post  CaptainKidney 11/17/2011, 1:10 pm

Chet, try locating hydroponic stores and suppliers in your area. Many times they are a good source for Vermiculite.

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Post  Lindacol 11/17/2011, 3:13 pm

chet wrote:
barbara barnett wrote:It took us quite a while to locate all the ingredients for Mel's Mix but finally we got everything and got it all together this past weekend. We're real excited about all the veggies we've planted both as seed and seedlings and are anxiously waiting for all the little seeds to sprout their little leaves.
Hey barbara where did you find all the ingredients for mel's mix? I live in key largo doing my sfg almost have all compost for mix but still missing one part. Its hard to find vermiculite check all hd and loews but none found. Did find a good online site and store front near west palm going on road trip this sat. to see if i can pick up some stuff. So if you have something closer let me know.Smile

Have you tried the Vermiculite Database?

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Post  gobreeze 11/17/2011, 7:42 pm

Chet,

Medium grade vermiculite is available in Homestead at Atlantic FEC www.atlanticfec.com/ in medium grade for about $11.00 for 4 CF. I called them earlier this week to get a quote. They have it in stock and sell to the general public.

Barbara,

Congrats! I'm going to start a South Florida topic for us way down here. I have lettuce, maters, field peas, bush beans, okra, chard, carrots and spinach planted now. We're just west of you guys in Davie. Please let us know where you found your MM supplies!
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Post  southern gardener 11/17/2011, 8:26 pm

Shelby, do you have a Lowe's near you? In CA, they sell the Mel's Mix all ready to go! all mixed up and everything. It's $12.98 a sack for 2cf. i think they might even deliver it to your local store if they don't carry it. Good luck...
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Post  chet 11/18/2011, 6:50 am

gobreeze wrote:Chet,

Medium grade vermiculite is available in Homestead at Atlantic FEC www.atlanticfec.com/ in medium grade for about $11.00 for 4 CF. I called them earlier this week to get a quote. They have it in stock and sell to the general public.

Barbara,

Congrats! I'm going to start a South Florida topic for us way down here. I have lettuce, maters, field peas, bush beans, okra, chard, carrots and spinach planted now. We're just west of you guys in Davie. Please let us know where you found your MM supplies!
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Hey gobreeze thats for the info and yea i checked with them but i was looking for coarse grade. Most of parts of mix i found at home depot but had to mail order some stuff. Found a good website for all items and its up the road in west palm beach growsmarthydroponics.com going for a road trip to pick my order up. hope this helps:D
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Post  RoOsTeR 11/18/2011, 7:48 am

chet, you are being smart and you will be better off in the long run by trying to go with the coarse grade as outlined in Mel's book.

Make sure and check local garden centers and nurseries.
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Post  chet 11/18/2011, 5:47 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:chet, you are being smart and you will be better off in the long run by trying to go with the coarse grade as outlined in Mel's book.

Make sure and check local garden centers and nurseries.
Hey thanks i'm just a beginner at this so just trying to follow mel's mix.
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Post  RoOsTeR 11/18/2011, 7:09 pm

I am a rookie as well, so I think its very important to stick to the plan. Everything that I have read, and where most people end up cutting some corners and not following the suggested Mel's Mix outline, all seem to end up with regrets. I have had enough garden issues in the past, and I want to make sure that if I have an issue, its not because I didn't follow something as simple to put together as Mel's Mix.
The initial cost may be more, and some of the ingredients may be harder to find in certain areas, but I am convinced that anyone who puts forth the proper effort at obtaining the right ingredients will be rewarded for it in the long run.
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Post  boffer 11/18/2011, 7:22 pm

chet wrote:...yea i checked with them but i was looking for coarse grade. Most of parts of mix i found at home depot but had to mail order some stuff....

I 'settled' for medium for one batch of MM, and I hate the stuff. I have two bags left you can have; come get it! It might be cheaper to get it mail order from Uline.

I don't know if you've seen vermiculite before, but here is what it looks llike.
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Post  chet 11/20/2011, 5:14 am

nKedrOoStEr wrote:I am a rookie as well, so I think its very important to stick to the plan. Everything that I have read, and where most people end up cutting some corners and not following the suggested Mel's Mix outline, all seem to end up with regrets. I have had enough garden issues in the past, and I want to make sure that if I have an issue, its not because I didn't follow something as simple to put together as Mel's Mix.
The initial cost may be more, and some of the ingredients may be harder to find in certain areas, but I am convinced that anyone who puts forth the proper effort at obtaining the right ingredients will be rewarded for it in the long run.
Got back from road trip from picking up vermiculite and worm castings for mix. Looking forward to mix some up today or in a few days. Want to try it out on my tomato plants i have in some planters so hope for the best.affraid We're finally all planted! 53366
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Post  RoOsTeR 11/20/2011, 9:52 am

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Post  chet 11/21/2011, 4:21 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:Congrats on your score We're finally all planted! 53366
Ok just got done with mixing my soil (mels mix) turned out very soft and light. Going to start a little planting some veggies tomorrow. Hope everything turns out good and get some good crops growing.affraid sunny
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