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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.


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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

 

 

what say yall?  5ewbjb.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?


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 06:10 PM

What do you guys think of this for growing in 5 gallon and 25 gallon buckets outside?

54% Coco Coir
27% Perlite
14% Manure
5% Worm Castings

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 04:31 PM

I'm yet to find a soil that I could use straight out of the bag in chillies. I've had really good success with the following mix:

- 2 bags of soil. I prefer a organic mix from a garden centre opposed to commercial bags from Bunnings
- 2 small bricks of coco peat expanded (Bunnings)
- 4L of perlite (Hydroponics shop)
- 4L of vermiculite (Hydroponics shop)
- 2L of dynamic lifter or rooster booster (Bunnings)

Make sure you mulch your pot plants as well, made a really big difference for me last year.

Going to save this recipe for my next uppot, thanks! Hydro nutes or soil nutes?

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 09:35 AM

Excellent info. Thanks!



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:23 AM

i´ve just started growing my first chili´s and was lucky enough to be given 2 juvenile plants from my girlfriend´s family´s farm in wait for me going back to europe and being able to buy some more fun seeds(Living in Thailand so it´s thai chili).

 

I didnt do much research when i first recieved these plants, so i simply went to a local garden center and bought some soil and replanted them(They were in 0.5L containers and plants were 25-35cm tall).

 

Because lack of Thai language skills i couldnt really ask too much questions so they simply gave me 2 bags of soil and i grabbed a bottle of fish emulsion and that was it.

A 1-2 weeks pass and the plants starting to look unhealthy and i started researching more and also reading about other foreigners that live here that grow stuff. Turns out the common soil in regular garden centers is useless, barely any nutrition in it at all and it doesnt drain good. So i ended with drowning plants in soil without any kind of nutrition.

 

It took me some time to learn what kind soil/mix i need for the plants and more time to actually be able to find the stuff i need, stuff like perlite e.tc could only be found online so before i could replant them in better soil i had to wait another week for the stuff to be delivered.

 

Today i was finally prepared to change the soil, hopefully they will become better the next 1-2 weeks. So now i would like some opinions about the mix i did.

Right now i only have two plants in 5 liter containers so it felt best to simply add and measure it with a handful.

 

4 handful of potting soil

3 handful of prewashed(4 times to remove little bit of potential salt) coco coir

2 handfull of wormcast

2 handfull of a 1/6 mix of vermiculite and perlite

I then repeated this until i had enough to fill the pots

 

Also added

1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon of guano in the topsoil

4-5 small marbles of slow releasing fertlizer a few inches from the bottom of the pot(the reason i added there pellets is because i will visit my homecountry for 3-4 weeks in june and i dont want my girlfriend to have to think too much about feeding them while i am away)

 

Please let me know if this looks ok to calm my worry and also let me know what i should change and make better for when i need to transplant them to a bigger pot again.

And how long does it usually takes for slow releasing fertilizer pellets to start feeding the soil/plant? Will i need to feed them some fish emulsion, wormtea or epsom spray after 1-2 weeks in the soil?


Edited by Caranx, 08 May 2018 - 07:30 AM.


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Posted 11 May 2018 - 12:17 PM

I figured this would be the best place to post this, but was wondering if anyone has experimented with adding something to Coco coir pith in addition to fiber/chunks to retain more moisture to create a more consistent nutritive container media. I use a combo of coir pith 50%/fiber+chunk coir 25%/and the rest castings and perlite.

Was thinking of adding Course vermiculite, or some promix (peat)? Also because during this heat, eliminates dry spells when I can't water 3 to 4 times a day in smaller containers(I use fabric pots right now) to create an environment where hydroponic nutrients are available most of the time instead of inconsistent as goes with hand watering and the great outdoors..

For growing indoors I would see no benefit to vermiculite or peat added to the coir as much; as it takes long enough as it is to dry out before being able to feed again. Now that things are outside I really want to max out the benefits this media can provide.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 05:06 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
 
 
what say yall?  5ewbjb.jpg


That is some nice looking soil!

does it drain well?


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