I’ve had some questions and confusion about Mel’s Mix vs. my suggestion for Modified Mel’s Mix (My Mix) vs. other garden soil options. I’ve decided to write specifically about each choice.
Go here to read about Mel’s Mix.
This is the mix I use–on my site I’ve often referred to it as “modified Mel’s Mix.”
- 1 part peat moss
- 1 part vermiculite
- 2 parts compost (as many kinds as you can find)
As with Mel’s Mix, avoid steer manure–it’s high in salt.
I have found that My Mix has enough peat moss and vermiculite to make the soil light and fluffy, and it helps retain water. Since compost is often the least expensive ingredient, this mix is more cost-effective than traditional Mel’s Mix.
Mix As You Go Method
This is how I prefer to mix it. Pour in a bag or two of compost, add an equal amount of vermiculite and peat moss, then mix with a rake or pitch fork. Repeat. I find that in the end, I end up using my hands and arms, and needing a shower. Smelly, but highly effective.