Smartcote Feed & Forget
Is anyone on this forum familiar with this product? If so, please let me know what you think of it. Last year because of lack of sunlight in the arable portion of my yard, I decided to grow quite a number of veggies in containers: snow peas, peppers, etc. I usually go 'green', but in containers with a limited supply of soil I decided to use Smartcote Feed & Forget. Before the growing season started I needed to fertilize one of my indoor plants, and having run out of granular Plant Prod, I decided, based on their description of its action based on moisture and temperature, to use some of it. I put about 1 tbsp. in a jar of water, expecting it would dissolve over time. Well, it has remained there in the house, outside in the garden over the summer, it even got frozen in the early fall, and the little pellets are still there in their original state. During this period I did several things: shaking vigorously, adding warm water, putting it in the sunlight and nothing happened. I had also added some of it to each of my containers and last week on checking, I found many undissolved pellets, some of them presented as clear pellets with liquid which came out when the pellet was squished. So I am wondering, does this really work? Moreover, the website listed on the jar is non-existent, and I cannot find anything related to the product from the mufacturer (Sure-Gro IP Inc). There are several endorsements and suppliers (Canadian Tire, etc), but no-one to contact. After using this product for a few weeks and noting no real progress, I decided to use PlantProd granular water soluble fertilizer and I believe that was responsible for my harvest of peppers. Any users?
P.S. Please do not chide me for not using organic methods. I reserve that for the earth, not containers.