Pepper/Al's mix container experiment(with pics)
I wanted to do a semi-scientific organic vs chemical in containers test. So I got 6 bell peppers, and made up 3 in Al's 5-1-1 mix with some hydrated lime, and the other 3 in roughly:
75% home made compost, it was largely out of grass clippings.
5% worm castings
The left ones are the compost mixture.
As you can see, the peppers in the organic mixture look healthier in every way. Planting method was the same, by knocking off 80% of the retail potting mix.
The watering schedule is similar, about every 1-3 days.
I water the compost peppers a bit less often since they don't dry out quite as quickly, though the difference isn't as much as I expected.
I feed the 5-1-1 peppers around every 3 days with foliage pro at 1/2tsp. per gallon.
I've not fed the compost peppers nearly as often, maybe every 1-2 weeks with fish emulsion. And once with a compost tea/fish emulsion/thrive mixture.
So what might be the problem with the "chemical" peppers? As you can see the 5-1-1 peppers are lighter. I'd tend to think it's not a nitrogen deficiency, but possibly something tying it up.
The leaves are also cupped up, I've read in some places that that could mean too much water?
I did put in some hydrated lime in the 5-1-1 mix. I'd surmise 1/2 a cup for those 3 10" containers. Maybe too much?