Finely milled sphagnum peat moss, 4 quarts
Medium vermiculite, 1 pint
Well-finished compost sifted through a 1/4 inch screen made from hardware cloth, 1 pint
Worm castings, 1 pint
The author adds that you can experiment with the ingredients and that you do not have to rigidly adhere to these measurements. So far, I have located 2 ingredients in this recipe: the sphagnum peat moss and the organic compost. Menards sells 2.2 cubic feet bags of peat moss for $6.35, which converts to just under 30 quarts per bag. The compost is sold in 11 quart bags at $3.47 a piece. Not bad! This means that to make this starting medium recipe, it would cost about 86 cents for the peat moss and about 16 cents for the compost. As soon as I locate the vermiculite and the worm castings and figure out how many seeds I can start using this recipe, I will give you those numbers, as well.
In addition to buying starting medium, I bought MORE seeds! Menards has an awesome organic and heirloom seed variety, and I couldn't resist buying a kaleidoscope carrot pack, sweet carnival pepper pack, beefsteak tomato, green eggplant, cantaloupe, and dill. At only $1.19 per pack, I was elated! I found trays to grow the seedlings in at 89 cents a piece, as well.
The last 2 items I bought were soil amendments for the raised beds were the seedlings will be transplanted when the time is right. I found blood meal and bone meal in 3 pound bags, each for $5.98. The blood meal will add nitrogen while the bone meal will add phosphorous. Now, I just have to find a potassium amendment which will be wood ashes, greensand, or seaweed.
I will go over these soil amendments in a later post, as I do not wish to bombard you with too much info at once. It all seems overwhelming to me at times, but that's how it is when you're starting something new.
My total bill with tax came to $36.07, but I had expected it to cost more. After the seed order from Horizon Herbs, I'm glad to save money on the remaining necessities! Have you started to purchase your own garden supplies for this season? If so, where is your favorite place to shop? I have a few mom and pop garden centers on my list this spring, and I can't wait to pay them a visit!