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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote How I prepare my soil for spring. Using compost, blood meal, bone meal, potash, phosphate, and epsom salt. Thanks for watching! Video Rating: 4 / 5 Preparing my raised beds in preparation for implementing square foot gardening this growing season. Includes tips on where to get cheap vermiculite! Music by Rickvanman (That’s me!): . #26 – Most Discussed (Today) – Howto & Style #69 – Top Favourited (Today) – Howto & Style #35 – Top Rated (Today) – Howto & Style .

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  • Tea Green 7 years ago

    I am wondering? where you buy the potash and phosphate chemical, thanks.

  • MrRhett18 7 years ago

    Thanks tazno1. I have not? used Azomite or sea minerals.

  • tazno1 7 years ago

    Do you use rock dust like Azomite? or sea minerals ?

  • MrRhett18 7 years ago

    Thanks NewEnglandgardening! I do plant right after I mix my soil together it? seems to work for me. Yes the helicopters and planes always seem to know when I break out the camera.

  • NewEnglandgardening 7 years ago

    So you don’t have to let that rest or let the fertilizer work in before planting? I’ll see how much of those ingredients I have already in the cellar. Ever notice the helicopters show up? only when you take out the camera.

  • MrRhett18 7 years ago

    Thanks for the? advice stymye. And thanks for watching!

  • stymye 7 years ago

    what about calcium? at a ph of 6.7(very good) you would look for a calcium magnesium ratio of about 6:1 and a magnesium to potassium ratio of about 2:1. this would get? you close to a 70% calcium “saturation” which is ideal. since you already started epsom salt is 10% magnesium. you can add a calcium product to get the amount in the ballpark. make sure to look at the % of calcium in the product and measure by that not cupfuls as the remainder is filler. just advice, not telling you what to do

  • TheEpsomsalt 7 years ago

    Great tips — thanks!?

  • MrRhett18 7 years ago

    Thanks? Steve!

  • Steve Harpster 7 years ago

    nice? job

  • MrRhett18 7 years ago

    Thanks Pianogardener! This is the best time of year for me. So much to do and I always feel like? I’m against the clock. Thanks for watching.

  • Planogardener 7 years ago

    Ain’t nothin’ like gettin yer hands in the dirt! I used nails to tie off and grid my beds, but it leaves? the nail stickign up, and no place to sit on the edge of the bed if necessary. I like the staple gun method. Might have to try that this year.

  • MrRhett18 7 years ago

    Thanks smalltowngardener! I couldn’t agree more? about doing what works for you! The important thing is just get outside and try it! Half the fun is trying to figure it out 🙂 at least that’s my opinion. Thanks for watching.

  • Thesmalltowngardener 7 years ago

    Great video I? really enjoyed it..I like how you added in that each person does it there own way I think that is a big part of gardening is doing the way it works for you!

  • 6butterflywings6 7 years ago

    I heard about the nets a few weeks ago. Would have saved my garden 🙂 I heard wire was the way to go. I’m happy the other netting will work. Thanks for all the? info.

  • TheOriginalJoeBloggs 7 years ago

    comment was from a year ago -? google micafil

  • UnderlinedDesigns 7 years ago

    where, which site? because the site I found was

  • customep82 7 years ago

    sorry for typo lol

    ment to put only “other” plant is? leeks…..

  • customep82 7 years ago

    rick, you mentioned that compacting the soil is bad because it stunts the growth of the plants. however plants from the brassica family (cabbage, sprouts, brocalli, etc) need very compact soil to form propperly, otherwise you end up with very loose leaves. it’s also worth noting that “liming” the soil is a good idea before planting them too.
    the only plant i’ve found worth compacting the soil for is leeks. compact the? soil use a broom handle to make a hole and drop them in 😉

    great vid 🙂

  • DreamsCatcher101 7 years ago

    My granddad never had a cat problem. Not surprised since he used to go to the local zoo and buy lion poo to put on his garden. Not a cat in miles of that stinky stuff. Imagine a? domestic cat having a smell around to see who is boss around here and getting a nose full of lion shit.!!!! I bet the pooh things nearly died.

  • rickvanman 7 years ago

    it’s raised slightly – if you watch my video titled “Constructing a Raised Bed Vegtable Garden For A Patio Garden” you will see exactly how it was made? :o)
    No gravel used.

  • sohcahtoa1970 7 years ago

    Hi there! I am wondering what you’ve done about any potential drainage problem, with the beds set on concrete and up against the walls the way they are. Are the beds a little bit elevated, and/or did you put a layer of gravel at the bottom of the beds?? Or am I worried about nothing?

  • jaylc005 7 years ago

    What about the flame retardants dupre add to the vermiculite so that it conforms to fire? retardant reg LPS 1207?

  • TheOriginalJoeBloggs 7 years ago

    – did you see my cut and paste? 100.00 Kgs was the weight 😀 typo on website I think :D?

  • rickvanman 7 years ago

    LOL! It’s 100 litres not Kg’s.?
    100 Kg’s would require a bag the size of windsor castle :o)

  • TheOriginalJoeBloggs 7 years ago

    discountedbuildingsupplies couk


    SKU 190105
    Weight 100.00 Kgs

  • TheOriginalJoeBloggs 7 years ago

    – That was a cut and paste from the website ;)? Bargain hey

  • rickvanman 7 years ago

    Nice catch!
    100 kg? are you sure it’s the right stuff? – Vermiculite weighs the same as polystyrene. A? bag bigger than a person could be lifted with your little finger.

  • TheOriginalJoeBloggs 7 years ago

    Micafil Vermiculite Granular Insulation – found it! 100.00 Kgs =

  • Hawklynn 7 years ago

    lol Rick im having a hellashes time with cats in my? garden they have ruined every thing i have planted except for my beef steak tomato’s i’ll try ur idea of the nets and thx : )

  • timwardell 7 years ago

    Nice video. Well done. Thanks for? sharing.

  • mmmbad 7 years ago

    Great video, Rick!? Thanks for posting!

  • haypockets 7 years ago

    Very nice garden boxes & video! I started my first SFG last year and loved it. I’m going to build 3 additional 4×4 beds this year – 1 each for my kids, and 1 for my husband. I also have videos of my last years garden here on YouTube. I cannot narrate well like you, so my garden is just set? to music, but it does explain the basics & the timeline. You can watch my videos by searching for ‘rebeccas square foot garden’. Thanks for sharing SFG w/everyone!! It’s awesome!!

  • rickvanman 7 years ago

    Tell me about it! ? I’m itching to get on with it, but can’t do anything with this cold weather!

  • rickvanman 7 years ago

    I? think its more to do with water retention. If you want non/low-aciddic soil, just add lime

  • baconsoda 7 years ago

    Excellent video – just? got yourself another subscriber.

    Best Wishes,

  • jihadacadien 7 years ago

    Niely? done!

  • tlk40us 7 years ago

    Rick, very nice. It’s educational and your production? values are great. Keep up the nice work.

  • rickvanman 7 years ago

    Cheers Dave – glad you like em! :o)?