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#181 John1234

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 08:30 AM

20-20(-20) would refer to a slow release pelletized fertilizer, I imagine.

Any advice would depend on what direction your leaning; a substrate for fertilization, a hybrid or water only organic, etc.

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 05:24 PM

Because I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night, I'm no expert with it comes to "making" my container soil.  With that said, here's what I've been doing and am very happy with it:

 

4 parts - Fafard 52 soil-less mix

2 parts - Vermicasting (aka Worm Castings) - As fresh as one can find.

2 parts - Corse Perlite 

 

This will be my second season with this mixture and I'm extremely happy with it.  No crazy pH swings and I liquid fert (Kelp4Less is my source) on schedule.

 

Not fancy but time is money over here!


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Posted 11 May 2015 - 11:57 AM

Because I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night, I'm no expert with it comes to "making" my container soil.  With that said, here's what I've been doing and am very happy with it:

 

4 parts - Fafard 52 soil-less mix

2 parts - Vermicasting (aka Worm Castings) - As fresh as one can find.

2 parts - Corse Perlite 

 

This will be my second season with this mixture and I'm extremely happy with it.  No crazy pH swings and I liquid fert (Kelp4Less is my source) on schedule.

 

Not fancy but time is money over here!

 

I would like to use this much worm castings but it would be insanely expensive for how many containers I have. How are you procuring cheap castings? 



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Posted 11 May 2015 - 09:25 PM

 

I would like to use this much worm castings but it would be insanely expensive for how many containers I have. How are you procuring cheap castings? 

Can you get high quality compost instead?


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 07:52 AM

 
I would like to use this much worm castings but it would be insanely expensive for how many containers I have. How are you procuring cheap castings? 

The castings I use, I buy by the pound. So I get a tote weighing about 650lbs. That runs me about $350 bucks. That lasts me the whole season, to include my raised beds. I do about 60-70 containers a year.

Oh yeah, it's a quick drive for me to Charlotte in the dually. A forklift loads the tote and I'm on my way back home. 5 hour total trip for fresh castings.

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 11:17 PM

Should perlite easily crumble when you pinch it?


Yes it's like a crumbly styrofoam or like Rice Krispies

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 11:53 PM

Great info! I started on foxfarm then switched to Sunshine both are great IMHO.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:42 AM

Few questions (all my pepper plants will be indoor only):

 

-If I'm starting my seeds in a plastic baggie, would I just transplant them into the same soil mix I'd be using for 'adult' plants?

-I was browsing around different forums and came across this mix, would it work?
 

5 parts bark, 1 part potting soil, and 1 part perlite. Add in 1 tablespoon Dolomitic Garden Lime per gallon of soil

-Would mix 16 work for container plants as well?:

Mix #16:
1 part peat
1 part perlite
1 part compost (or leaf mold)
1 part bonemeal
1 part worm castings (optional)

 

 

 

-Is there an 'all-in-one' fertilizer I can use instead of having multiple different types? If so how often should it be used?

 

I apologize if these questions have already been somewhat answered, but I'm new to raising plants in general so I'm a bit confused.


Edited by InsectMan, 08 August 2016 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 01:20 PM

Few questions (all my pepper plants will be indoor only):

 

-If I'm starting my seeds in a plastic baggie, would I just transplant them into the same soil mix I'd be using for 'adult' plants?

-I was browsing around different forums and came across this mix, would it work?
 

-Would mix 16 work for container plants as well?:

Mix #16:
1 part peat
1 part perlite
1 part compost (or leaf mold)
1 part bonemeal
1 part worm castings (optional)

 

 

 

-Is there an 'all-in-one' fertilizer I can use instead of having multiple different types? If so how often should it be used?

 

I apologize if these questions have already been somewhat answered, but I'm new to raising plants in general so I'm a bit confused.

 

that looks like an awful lot of bone meal...I would go 1/4 part bonemeal at the most...yes, this will work for container plants. 



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 03:17 PM

got my old pepper bed turned over for next year and doing another a new rasied 4x8 for up coming season.

 

...i start with a yard of poo yie and mix in bags of old sheep and donkey poo(i got rid of my sheep and donkey about 2 years ago, so there crap out the barns are cold). and have rabbits and a compost bin...the rabbit poop and worm castings go in fresh. i throw in coffee grounds as i collect them. 

 

i make compost teas regularly and fert with that, pretty much thats it . no commerical types of ferts 2nc17gw.jpg

 

 

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Posted 23 October 2016 - 12:12 PM

 

 

 

what say yall?  

 

 

     If I were a plant, I'd want to live there. Looks good!


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 11:27 PM

Hi all!!!

 

Which mix do you recommend for a 6 months rainy and 6 months dry seasons in 5 gal pot?


Edited by Zonengorg, 29 October 2016 - 11:27 PM.

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