Thursday, June 5, 2014

Slow Release Fertilizer for Vegetables


A quick update for you on the progress of our Self-Watering Vegetable Container Garden:
Originally posted 7-29-09

  Pure Black Castings            VermaPlex             VermaMax



Organic Fertilizers for Vegetables In Our Self-Watering Garden


The seedlings we planted are looking very healthy and green, thanks to our slow-release organic fertilizers incorporated into our potting soil mix.  A couple of squashes in one container are a little spindly - probably from not getting quite enough sun quickly enough.  We were trying to protect them from this hot Florida sun and I suspect we went overboard.  But, here it is, the end of July and we're planting vegetable seeds in Florida.

The moisture is staying just about perfect in the pots.  No daily watering, no nothin'.  Just topped off the reservoir with the water/very-small-amount-of-VermPlex mixture only once so far.  When the plants get full sized, we'll see how long the water lasts.  For now, it's great, because the top of the potting mix isn't drying out and the moisture stays constant, so the seedlings are not suffering in the least.

Low Fertilizer-For-Vegetable Cost

The slow-release quality of the composted manure/Pure Black Castings® mix, microbe-inoculated with VermaPlex®, is providing all the nutrients the plants need when they need it.  The microbes are making the nutrients available to the plant without burning, and will last the lifetime of the plant.  This means the fertilizer-for-vegetable cost of one 5 gallon container amounts to pennies for the  1.2 pound of black castings and the 8 ounces of VermaPlex®.

We picked up some more plastic containers (8 gallons) from WalMart for $3.50, which is the cheapest we've found yet.  It only requires 1 container, because the section you cut from the middle of the lid fits down in the bottom for the reservoir (with a little support underneath).  The recycled large butter cup is the perfect height to serve as the "wick".  The rim of the lid will hold the plastic mulch in place.  Perfect.

It seems to be a serendipitous occurrence finding them.  Remember the day-glow-orange ugly containers from Home Depot?  Well, these new beauties have solved our decorating problem. Check it out.

Self-watering container pot
 Suddenly Beautiful.  Go Gators!

We're ready for the kick-off.

Next....We Must Address the Lawn/Pasture/Hay Fertilizing

Her Royal-Sheikyness  (the horse, of course) insists...she's a little obsessed with the grass.  As a matter of fact, pasture's pretty much her whole life.

Certified Organic Vegetable Fertilizer Resources:

Worm castings for container gardening fertilizers
Container Garden Fertilizers

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