Organic fertilizers for containers?
I just potted 4 blueberries using a variation of Al's mix: about 6 parts composted redwood, 2 parts of an organic potting mix from the nursery, and 1 part perlite. I didn't use a CRF becuase I want to grow organically, so I threw in the recommended dosage of EB Stone Camilia Azalea acid-lovin' fertilizer that the nursery recommended and planned to read up on the longer-term requirements of fertilization.
I have done some pokin' around here and the organic form, and it's becoming increasingly clear that there are few---if any---viable options for organic fertilizers for containers. SERIOUSLY? R-E-A-L-L-Y? I'm in complete denial about this. LOL
What about EB Stone? What about Garden's Alive? Fish Emulsion?
And if someone DOES use one of these organic options in lieu of the CRF and chemical fertilizers, is it a matter of the plant not producing to its full "genetic potential" as Al likes to say. Or are we talking, like, no fruit at all or, worse, complete plant death.
A few of the posters on the organic board have even gone so far to say that that if you really want organic you should abandon your plans for pots, and just put it in ground?
And just for clarity sake, I'll say that my main concern with growing organic is the chemical residue IN THE FOOD and less so the politics of being organic or green. I'm not opposed to synthetic ferts for things like camilia's or shrubs or flowering plants. But not my food!
And I guess as a new gardener, I don't really even have a reference point or understanding of whether products like Miracle Gro and the other synthetic fertilizers enter the food cells? My intuition says yes, and that's why I don't want to use them. (I realize most people here won't share that philosophy... but I'm hoping someone, maybe Al, can at least explain the cellular stuff to me without it getting on a political issue.)
And are there fertilizers that are synthetic that are still relatively safe, natural, etc. Or are the two mutually exclusive?
I always thought of the "miracle gros" of the world were nothing but straight chemical. My neighbor would douse his entire yard with the stuff but I'd never want it in my food.
Oh, man... a few weeks ago I had this vision of my drab concrete patio being transformed by terra cotta pots filled with citrus and herbs and blueberries. But I'm not willing to use synthetics... so hope I don't have to abandon my plans after all this effort, not to mention the small fortune I've already spent in citrus and blueberries. Errrrgh.
Greatly looking forward to all your input.