Need suggestions with what I have. Gritty, 15-5-15 Cal-Mag. Hydro
I just started learning about gardening a few months ago. I started with only knowing a little about what are bad weeds, and how to cut grass. That's it! lol Well, I have read at least 400 hours of posts since then. I was trying not to ask any questions because I thought that any question or scenario has already been written about and it's just a matter of more searching. Well, school is getting overwhelming and I'm short on time with all my house projects and stuff.... so...on to my first post.
I finally got all the ingredients for the Al's/Tapla's gritty mix. I have enough 1/16-1/4 sifted pine bark (I spent way too much time sifting bags of pine mulch) and turface to make whatever I can with the 50lbs of Gran-i-grit. I have 50lbs of garden lime (looks powdered), 50lbs of gypsum, a slew of pellet fertilizers, and more. I live in St. Louis, and based on what I read (and not my actual analysis) my alkalinity is around 110-150, and my pH is around 10 to 10.2. Here's some of my sources about the water:
and a few posts I've read from other St. Louis natives.
I went to try to buy Foliage-Pro, but they stopped carrying it and I couldn't find a store (last week, but I now have since found a place) that sold it. They did have a torn bag of Scotts Peter Excel 15-5-15 Cal-Mag, that still had 99% of the product still intact discounted to $33 for the 25lb bag. The store associate said that's what he'd recommend anyways, whether it was discounted or not, because of the value and based on how I was going to use it. Because of time restraints, and getting tired of not being able to find things, I ended buying it and trusting him, without doing prior research (which is rare for me). I got home and did some research and it seems as though it would work out.. I think.
I plan on mixing the 1:1:1 with 1tbs/gallon of Gypsum. I think I should be watering my plants about everyday or two, with 1/8 strength fertilizer every time it's watered.
Is this a good plan? Should I change something? If so, what should I change, add, or omit? Please, I'm always learning and am open to suggestions. Thank you in advance.
On a related side note, I picked up a "Aquamist 1" on craigslist for $25 in good condition. I have most of the materials to get that going, and will get it up within a month. It's an aeroponics setup:
Would the 15-5-15 Cal-Mag fertilizer be suitable for the Aquamist also? I still have a LOT more researching to do before I start up this hydroponics deal.
For both the gritty mix and aeroponics, the plants I am growing are mostly herbs (10 different ones, mainly the most common herbs), a bunch leaf vegetables, a few pepper plants, lemon verbena, roma tomato plant, and a few other vegetables. Sorry about the long post. I will have plenty of indoor lighting, and in time I will put some containers outdoors too.