As a first time grower, i'd like to get some commentary regarding Fox Farm's trio vs Earth Juice's liquid fertilizers (or similar organic) specific to the Pepper world.
So far I have a great grow of about 15 plants, and just gave them their first feed of "Big Bloom" and "Wholly Mackerel" - both by FF. However, knowing that the feeding schedule within a couple weeks requires the additions of "Tiger Bloom" and "Grow Big", i've become a little skeptical upon further research that these nutrients are chemical.
The more I look into the topic, the conversation gets so in-depth and over my head as people suggest "just add this, just add that, make your own tea, etc". If possible, i'd like to stick to the topic of these "abc-123" nutrient solutions as it certainly helps being a beginner and possibly beyond, since growing is a side project/ hobby but would still like good results. From what i've read, it seems that maybe "Earth Juice" fits the bill in terms of not being a chemical nutrient, but I don't feel they've packaged things together the way that Fox Farm has.
Overall I feel Fox Farm's products are great, especially as a beginner they really figured out how to make it easy to get started without being your run-of-the-mill Wal-Mart special MiracleGro, or whatever. The OceanForest soil seems to be wonderful and the general consensus seems to be in agreement. Whoever they have running their design / marketing department also gets an A+ from me.
However, as a company, how can Fox Farm feel confident to make one organic product within that Trio - "Big Bloom", (and proudly advertise this on the bottle) while the other 2 remain chemical? To me this sounds a bit contradictory, but hey whatever fits the business model to sell, right?
Growing under T5 lights and in plastic compartments isn't "natural" either, and maybe some of the Organic stuff is overboard. However, what "burns" me, is the fact that you have to flush the soil, and also hearing that these types of fertilizers kill off vital soil elements, etc. Apparently you cannot re-use the soil either? All of that just doesn't sound right.
A buddy of mine told me it doesn't matter much, and that it's really only the chemical pesticides that you have to worry about. At the end of the day, i'm probably eating much worse from various restaurants in which I have no idea where the food comes from. But still.. the obsession is real and these are my Pepper Babies.
Any thoughts to all this?