DoubleDogFarm
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pete,

Don't take me to seriously, like a grain of salt. :lol:
although I have always found that slugs like to commit suicide in a buried jam jar full of beer
I too, like to drown in a pint of beer. :wink:

specgrade
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Boy, I really know how to start a fire. :lol: Thank you all the insightful answers.
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Hey, I like the taste of a spotted owl roasted over a fresh burning tire, but to each his own right?

Seriously though, I used MG potting mix for the same reasons stated above for my starts. The price is right, it works well, and not burning nat gas in my oven to sterilize against bugs and germs.

Once in the raised beds, the existing compost and additional compost provide the balance needed for the rest of the year. So far so good.

As this is my first serious year, I am setting those lessons learned in place for next year. Just a couple so far.......

NO peet pots.

YES to MG for starts.
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sweet thunder
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Out of curiosity, is it really that hard for many of you to find bagged alternatives to Miracle Grow? A couple of my local stores carry the MG potting mixes, but only in small bags. The big bags stacked outside the store are almost always organic and really good quality, and they go on sale at least a few times a season. Of course, my location could have something to do with it (I live in the pot growing capital of the US) but I seem to remember finding good quality soil mixes back east, too.

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DoubleDogFarm wrote:pete,

Don't take me to seriously, like a grain of salt. :lol:
although I have always found that slugs like to commit suicide in a buried jam jar full of beer
I too, like to drown in a pint of beer. :wink:
yeah... well... I always offer more than a grain of salt when I talk to the slugs in my garden. :P

and I only talk to slugs after I have downed at least a pint of beer. :P

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RBG, you're right when it comes to having to do what our circumstances allow us to do. I was lucky enough to have a nice pile of compost/dirt, so that's what I used. Some have pretty hard soil, so they're not that lucky.

500 plants? Wow, that is a lot (and I know you up-pot, too), so I can see the volume of soil you go through.

Personally, I don't run my dirt through the oven. I'm sure it's good, but the small millipedes that crawl across the dirt don't bother me, and if they escape into the basement, they'll probably just die and be swept, vacuumed, or mopped up eventually.

But there again, some folks don't have basements, so what works for one, might not work for another.
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