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Beginner Soil Question

Posted by KSlemons GA (My Page) on
Thu, May 29, 14 at 10:42


I am a new/beginner gardener. Actually when I lived in Louisiana, not a thing would grow for me. I used to wear the title "Plant Murderer". Since I have moved to Georgia it seems all of that has changed.

I have decided to start a container vegetable garden because I cannot dig in my backyard. There are about 20 huge trees and everywhere I stick my shovel, I come up with roots.

I have started a compost pile, but I know it will be months before it is ready to use.

I am on a tight budget since there is only one of us working right now. So I bought topsoil (cheap off brand) and some hummus/manure mix. I also pick up Starbuck's used grounds 3-4 times a week.

I mixed the topsoil with the manure and the coffee grounds. I also added a handful of Scott's fertilizer and mixed thoroughly. This is what I used to plant the seedlings in. So far it appears to be okay because the cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and garlic are all sprouting.

My question is, can I do this on a larger scale for when it comes time to transplant? Will this soil be sufficient for the long term? Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you for your time!
~New Green Thumb

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RE: Beginner Soil Question

Hmmm. I'm not sure about adding coffee grounds to a small container. I haven't done that before when gardening in containers.

I use the Miracle Grow potting mixture that has a tiny amount of a slow release fertilizer in it. This MG mixture is heavy in peat moss (peat is very acidic), so I add 1 1/2 cups of dolomite limestone to each 2 cu ft bag of MG soil and mix it all together very well before using it in my containers. I have had success with this method.

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