Added by on 2013-04-03

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote In this video we show you in real time how we make our Square Foot Gardening Soil and use it to fill a 4×2 raised bed. We use Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening book’s instructions for Mel’s Mix as our guide. Ideally you want: 1/3 Compost and/or manure (preferably a blend of various organic sources) 1/3 Peat Moss (Coconut Fibre is a good natural renewable resource alternative) 1/3 Vermiculite (use Perlite if Vermiculite is unavailable) Vermiculite works like a SPONGE in your garden. It retains water for slow release of nutrients. It also aerates the soil which helps roots dig deep easily with little resistance. Peat moss retains moisture and provides nutrients. Compost and manure are nutrient rich. It is best to get a good mix of sources to provide lots of various nutrients for your vegetables. Video Rating: 4 / 5

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25 Comments

  • Reximusprimebeta 5 years ago

    Very good vid! Have you seen backtoedenfilm(DOT)com ? It has some “radical” growing methods too. I hope to plant my first SFG this year and use the BTE method for weed? and moisture control.
    Keep up the good work!

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    You may want to check out some of our other videos we have quite a few that can help those who have not gardened or are just beginners. We are just doing this as a hobby really and have picked up a ton of info and contacts by just getting dirty, making mistakes and experimenting with “radical” growing methods! We started getting our greenhouse ready for spring just? yesterday… check that video out and follow us this season… there will be a lot of change this year. -Randy

  • KubuntuYou 5 years ago

    Thanks for the quick? reply. You’re da boss. 😉 I really want to give this a try when it starts warming up a bit around here.

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    I guess that depends on how your city deals with their yard waste. We didn’t get? any weeds. -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    Yeah, it? was an eyeball attempt… but traditionally it should be 1/3 of each “roughly”. -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    Well, we did think about this before? we went out and got our city waste. I cannot say for certain if it contains chemicals such as roundup etc, however, for our purpose it worked. Perhaps we should test our soil and see… hmm… thanks for the comment… -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    Boom chicka? bow bow!

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    I’m not sure what other methods can produce larger yields… open to your plethora of knowledge on this. Please share and we may experiment with your method. We of course are open to better ways. Do share. ? -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    I agree with you,? however, it is quite difficult to accumulate that amount of compost in a short amount of time on a smallish city style lot as we have. Our options are limited because of where we live, so city compost works for us and is a great cheap alternative for those who just want to get growing and get started. We’ve had no problems with our city’s compost thus far. -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    There are many reasons to use the SFG method. Reach is just one reason of many. Using raised beds for instance will reduce weeding and give you better control of your watering due to the nature of the raised beds’ drainage and the soil mixture helps greatly with this aspect. Also if you are using Mel’s SFG method you know about what veggies and how many can be grown in? each square foot. We really encourage you to go out and get his book… no we are not paid by him. -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    If it’s? not fun it’s not worth doing! 😉 -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    We are aware of what vermiculite is and perlite is. We do use vermiculite and it is a brownish… just hard to see that in the video. Reason we? use vermiculite in our raised beds is because of the water retention it has. Raised beds tend to dry out faster than traditional garden beds. Per the coco coir, I do see more and more gardeners starting to use this medium and we have no problem with it at all, we simply have easier access to peat moss here in Canada. -Randy

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    We do a combination of things. We always add compost when we plant anything and we water regularly with compost tea. This adds nutrients to the soil… we also like to? add bone meal at the beginning of the season as well as some egg shells and coffee grinds. We mix this all into the soil thoroughly. -Randy

  • KubuntuYou 5 years ago

    What do you do to keep nutrients in the soil? Do you just keep adding more compost and maybe manure or do you ever have to change the soil out? I’ve never really done any gardening of any sort but this looks highly doable for me.?

  • Young Eggfu 5 years ago

    i recommend using coco coir instead of peat moss, also vermiculite is for holding water and perlite is for drainage, if you don’t know already. what you guys used was perlite, vermiculite is brown,? and holds water, perlite is white.

  • Jason Colclazier 5 years ago

    omg you two are such goofs!!!! I love it!!! Seems like you had fun? working on this project together…

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    It is nice? that you find our videos informative. We have learned a lot from a lot of various sources. Thanks for the kind words. -Randy

  • JOE R 5 years ago

    I so enjoyed your video I heard mel on the radio today feb 3,2012 and looked Yall up here i will buy his book and ejoy your videos as guid lines :-)? thanks soo much for posting an education for all to see !

  • GettingThereGreen 5 years ago

    I’m going to have to say the more kids you can get to help? the better… heck, why not take em all out of school and put em to work mixing your soil! What a GREAT idea! LOL! Kidding, I did get a laugh out of this comment… Just thinking of all those kids making those Nike shoes! (heheheh). -Randy

  • Jesus Guedea 5 years ago

    Is it okay to use my child labor for the? mixing?

  • Elton Duet 5 years ago

    I? mix with a electric cement mixer

  • Tracy Bruring 5 years ago

    I was wondering if you? have used coir instead of peat?

  • PompanoBeachBabe 5 years ago

    I thought a? square foot garden was based on 4 x 4 so you could walk around and get to all parts (for an adult). Can reach 2 ft in from any side and get to all of it.

  • Angela Perkins 5 years ago

    I mix my compost and such in an old dyer tub,? repurposed from a neighbor, I cleaned it very throughly, I used plastic chicken fencing on bottom held with zipties. I have had it for two years now and still in good shap. I use a two handled garden spade, and give it a good mix every about once a week. I could post a picture but dont know how to do that on you tube.

  • kenz987b 5 years ago

    Is it a secret?? What is the best method?