Return to the Soil Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

Posted by perezjuanf 10a (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 14:35

I have an area in my back yard that is around 225 sq ft and I want to plant some melons there, right now there are plumerias growing I am planning to leave them there, the land is sandy. If I mix 10 - 40 lb. Organic Compost Steer Manure Blend with this be enough to get the land ready for the melon seeds?

This post was edited by perezjuanf on Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 14:41

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

I'd say it's a good start.

RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

  • Posted by tombug 5b N Central Ohio (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 17:35

I add 40 - 40 lb bags to an area about the same size last year. Everything that I grew was very happy and productive. However, I do not plan to add anything this year.

RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

That should be a very good start, especially if you have sandy soil to begin with.. The weight of the bag is kind of misleading, 40 lbs sounds like a whole lot when it really isn't.. Look out for free compost from your city instead of buying it.. My city has great leaf humus, and it's free! Overall, I probably shoveled several thousand pounds of compost for my plants,I would say at least 2-3 thousand pounds, if not more... Matter a fact, me an my brother just picked up compost the other day,he has a 17x7 trailer and had that thing packed! Trailer was bending, truck was crying! My back is still broken! My plants are happy happy happy! Don't worry you're off to a great start, plant your seeds!

Good luck,

RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

  • Posted by pt03 2b Southern Manitob (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 19:01

What is in the "blend" and how good is the soil now?

If someone with a sandy soil was buying my compost from me, I'd suggest at least an inch, better two inches of compost. That would work out to almost 1.5 cubic yards for two inches.


RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

Another way to look at it is that a 40 lb bag usually has about half a cubic foot. Times ten, that's 5 cu ft. 5 cu ft divided by 225 sq ft is .02 ft or about 1/4". Tombug's recommendation of 40 bags would come to about an inch - which is the universal rule of thumb for annual compost addition.

Amazing how that works out. :-]

10 bags is pretty minimal, but any amount is better than nothing.

RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

That depends on your current soil.
What is the nutrient level now?
What is that soils pH?
What is the nutrient level of the manure?
How much organic matter is in that soil now?

RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

Whatever you can get is always enough,
& it's never enough.

I'd add what I could find/afford/get hold of, & plant them melons!

RE: Will 10 - 40lb bags be enough?

The area that I am mentioning has never been turned or fertilized it used to have grass with I remove to plant plumerias which have grown really nice

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Soil Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here