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May 6, 2018 5:07 PM CST

Hi guys! My first time here and my first time gardening, ever.
I want to grow some organic veggies but I'm completely lost as far as my soil mix. I got some peat moss and some worm hummus. That's about it. I don't know how to mix these or if something else is needed ... Help!
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May 6, 2018 5:14 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Why don't you buy some premade mix. Straight peat moss is too acidic and dries out quickly,.
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May 6, 2018 6:58 PM CST

Well, I already bought these two things in bulk since I have lots to plant. Organic premade mixes do contain sphagnum moss and where I live premade mixes come in small batches, pretty expensive and not cost effective. Just looking for a good recipe so I can get started. Anyone?
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May 6, 2018 8:02 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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What type/size of garden? Are you doing a raised bed? If so, how big? Container gardening?

I agree with Rita that you'll need something besides peat moss. And I also agree with you that many of the pre-made mixes can be expensive. However, even tho I like to be creative with mixes, the individual ingredients can often add up to be a bit pricey.

I'm going to let the vegetable gardening experts jump in and give you more specifics. I imagine that one thing they'll recommend is some type of compost. But I'll leave it at that.
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May 7, 2018 8:56 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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I never mix my own so don't know what to add. I do know you can't use just the peat alone.
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May 7, 2018 6:07 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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I only play around with mixes for some of my container plants. Mostly I'll start with a good potting soil and maybe add worm castings and depending on the plant, some perlite. For certain plants I'll go with more of a cactus type potting soil. But growing vegetables is totally different. Just know that peat is not helpful.
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May 7, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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I don't do a lot of container, but I am also not a fan of peat moss. Its only function is water retention so there are mixes that are 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 sterilized garden soil and 1/3 compost.
A better mix is just half and half compost and sterilized garden soil. It has to be light and fluffy compost tho.
When I was a kid we started our small seeds like tomatoes, peppers, cabbage etc and my mother had a large number of house plants She sent us kids out into woods to collect what she called woods dirt. It was found in low places where leaves collected, pull back the leaves and there would be a two 3 inch layer of black compost between the top leaves and the plain soil. Worked like a charm for both starting seeds and her house plants. Now that I am old and lazy, I just buy a sack of Bacto mix to start seeds.
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May 7, 2018 9:09 PM CST
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Here's a webpage that might help you out some... https://www.doityourself.com/s...
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