mixing 5-1-1 three weeks in advance

njitgradApril 29, 2014

I'm trying to avoid repeating a mistake earlier this season with my first shot at a 5-1-1 mix. I never added water during the mixing process to start the release of the CRF and the dolomytic lime so my broccoli didn't fare so well (still not doing so well even though I applied liquid fertilizer a week ago).

Knowing that we're expecting a few inches of rain the next couple of days I decided yesterday to make my 20 gallon tomato containers with a fresh batch of 5-1-1 and let them sit in my garden taking in all of that rain (until I transplant in about three weeks time). Is this a good idea or a bad idea?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

It's a fine idea....as long as you wet the mix prior to putting it into the containers. Mix it wet, then let the rain do a further saturation.


    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 11:43AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Hello! Houzz's new format has presented some challenges,...
tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)
Container potatoes in straw?
I tried growing potatoes in straw in garbage bags last...
What's eating/happening to my bougainvillea?!?!?!
The leaves are being scaled and then turing brown with...
Container garden help wanted, re: corn
I am wanting to try something new with my container...
pine straw instead of pine bark fines?
Dear folks According to the 5-1-1 mix I should use...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™