Help me fill my beds!
Hello! This will be my first season with SFG. Just an FYI, I have not read the book, but I have done extensive research online and speaking with those who have had great success. That being said, I have decided to go a little heavier on the compost than the stated 1/3, but not by much (trying to save a bit on cost where it won't hurt).
I have 3 beds that are 4' x 10' and 10 inches deep. I also have 2 beds that are 4' x 8' and 8 inches deep. I'll also have 10 or so 5 gallon buckets. I need to fill them all! According to my math, I will be using 47 cubic feet of peat, 47 cubic feet of vermiculite, and 68 cubic feet of compost. In your opinion, does this ratio sound ok???
I have already spent $350 on the vermiculite alone. I know the peat is cheap, so im not too concerned there. The compost has me puzzled though! Yes, I know I am supposed to use 5 different kinds of compost. Do I really need to buy 68 cubic feet of compost in BAGS? That's a lot of bags!!!
A local nursery here sells mushroom compost for 35$ per yard...I need 2.5 yards of compost. They said it consists of mushroom, horse/chicken manure, peat, and hay. They also sell a "premium compost" that is lawn/leaf clippings mixed with waste from the sanitation dept (yuck).
So, how would you fill my beds? Could I use some bulk and some bags? Or do I really need to use all bags? Can I have some rec's for types of bagged compost?
Thank you SO much for your help!