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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    Have a sneak preview before it arrives.

    Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to ... - Google Books
    I wish I hadn't seen that, now I feel obliged to make "Mel's Perfect Soil":
    1 bale of peat moss: 6 cu. ft.
    1 large bag of coarse vermiculite: 4 cu. ft.
    10 pails (2.5 gallon size) of sand: 3 cu. ft.
    10 pails (2.5 gallon size) of compost: 3 cu. ft.
    1 coffee can full of lime.
    1 coffee can full of organic fertilisers.
    Total volume of mixture: 16 cu. ft.

    So, if my calculations are correct I am going to need about 190 litres of peat moss, 125l of coarse vermiculite, 95l of sand, 95l of compost, 3kg lime and 3kg of organic fertiliser.

    Wish me luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by t4tom View Post
    I wish I hadn't seen that, now I feel obliged to make "Mel's Perfect Soil":
    1 bale of peat moss: 6 cu. ft.
    1 large bag of coarse vermiculite: 4 cu. ft.
    10 pails (2.5 gallon size) of sand: 3 cu. ft.
    10 pails (2.5 gallon size) of compost: 3 cu. ft.
    1 coffee can full of lime.
    1 coffee can full of organic fertilisers.
    Total volume of mixture: 16 cu. ft.

    So, if my calculations are correct I am going to need about 190 litres of peat moss, 125l of coarse vermiculite, 95l of sand, 95l of compost, 3kg lime and 3kg of organic fertiliser.

    Wish me luck!
    I think someone said that his soil mix had changed slightly in his newer book - have a look on the thread think it maybe was mentioned there

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsie-scot View Post
    I think someone said that his soil mix had changed slightly in his newer book - have a look on the thread think it maybe was mentioned there
    Yes, for those of you interested...

    Mel's Mix
    1/3 Peat Moss
    1/3 Vermiculite
    1/3 Blended Compost
    Also, I've just purchased 220 litres of medium grade, horticultural vermiculite for £14 + VAT; Can't be bad!

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    Well I filled my raised areas in my garden [and my new front garden] with a mix of humoist [recycled garden waste] from these people:

    Soil Conditioners

    and rubbish old clay that was no use on it's own.

    It's a fantastic mix and produces great veg well. The bulk bags seem to be about 17 wheel barrows full, so go a log way. possibly far too much for your small beds but an idea for you to explore.

    It's local to me so much cheaper than shown on the website. I've no idea where you are T4Tom but you should be able to find a similar source near you. If you are very lucky your local authority may give similar stuff away at their recycling centres - as a council near us does, but only to their residents.

    Worth using this sort of product as it is better than peat in todays environment.

    Also I managed to buy from my local garden centre big bags of last years used compost to bulk up my allotment beds at £1.50 per bag. it's a bit of an unusual centre that grows veg to sell to their customers.
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    Can I do anything to persuade you not you use peat moss t4tom, it really is an unenvironmentally friendly option, and there are lots of super alternatives on the market?

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    Becki,

    As I mentioned I am a bit of a newbie and certainly in the dark with regards to Peat Moss.

    It was my understanding that after harvesting the wetlands are restored to a functional state and allowed to grow naturally?

    I would certainly welcome your views on this matter.

    Incidently, what is your position on Coco Peat?

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    No expert here but I think the problem with peat is it takes centuries to establish and while cutting it by hand for fires etc was ok, certain companies began to use these huge harvesting machines...bit like trawling for fish really...just raping natures bounty...not just a matter of leaving it to regenerate.

    Anyhow coia is not as good and is imported; but then it benefits the less wealthy places that coconuts abound.

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