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Mel's Mix: My Compost Variety, is it ok?

Posted by volguy9595 Zone 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 29, 13 at 14:22

Ok so I'm new to raised bed gardening. I built two 8'x4' beds 11 inches deep out of cedar.

Filled each bed with:

8 cu ft coarse vermiculite

6 cu ft. peat moss

Compost Mix:
3 bags(about .5-.75 cu ft each) composted cow manure(Moo-Nure)

2 cu ft EarthGro Organic Humus and Manure

3 cu ft Nature's Helper Premium Mushroom Compost

4 cu ft Miracle Grow Vegetable Soil(couldn't find any other variety of organic compost)

I know its not exactly 1/3 of each vermiculite, peat moss, and compost. I know you are supposed to use a variety of composts and my main question is if this is enough variety and if this mix should work out well for my vegetable garden this year. I do plan on making my own compost for next year, just haven't started yet. Thanks in advance!


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RE: Mel's Mix: My Compost Variety, is it ok?

I don't do the Mel's mix but from what I understand you may be defeating the intent of the mix by using the Miracle Grow Soil. It is supposed to be a soilless mix. Substituting two more types of compost for the soil mix would be appropriate to call it Mel's mix. It may do just fine but it isn't Mel's mix.


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RE: Mel's Mix: My Compost Variety, is it ok?

yeah, not technically Mel's Mix I guess. I just hadn't been able to find other compost varieties. Hopefully it'll still produce some good veggies.


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RE: Mel's Mix: My Compost Variety, is it ok?

volguy, I bet it will be just fine.


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RE: Mel's Mix: My Compost Variety, is it ok?

dirtguy, thanks. I'm sure it will do ok at least. Just wanted to make sure I have enough variety of nutrients.


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RE: Mel's Mix: My Compost Variety, is it ok?

This is my first year with an SFG also. I have 4 boxes, 3 with the 5 compost mix and one with a 2 compost mix. I'm thinking that the plants will decide. Most grow pretty well in plain old dirt, so anything better than that is an improvement. I have strawberries in the 2 compost mix box, and while it is early they are doing just fine. I plan on adding corn in that box as soon as it is warm enough (western Colorado). I'm interested to see if there is a difference in how my plants grow in the boxes and compare how the compost mixes do. I don't think you have to worry. Sunshine and water are just as important as the soil mix.


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