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Fertilizer you can 'throw'

Posted by cave76 z8No CA (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 13, 06 at 18:57

That sounds strange, I know. LOL

But I live on the ground floor with a "balcony" and railing.

Because my small balcony is too er, um small---- I've spread out to the horrible soil beyond, but which gets a rousing 10 minutes of watering a day by the management on a timer.

Regardless, I plant stuff that will take some abuse and throw pitchers of Miracle Grow out there when I have the energy.

My point: Is there some kind of pellet-y stuff that I can toss out there? (I'm not a too great at throwing. )

I know there is an 18-18-18 that might be right. But will it too any good just to toss it out? (The ground there is almost inaccessible to me)

Thanks if you have any out of the box ideas.

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RE: Fertilizer you can 'throw'

There's plenty of slow-release pellet products available to throw out there from just about all the big fertilizer companies. Just check the nearest nursery or big box store (eg., Osmocote has some and even Miracle Gro). In particular, there are formulations listed for "bedding" plants, etc., that were made to be used in the garden.

RE: Fertilizer you can 'throw'

So, they can just be tossed on the ground? I have Osmocote but the directions, I think, say to scratch it in. ???

RE: Fertilizer you can 'throw'

Whenever I've used it in my pots, I sprinkled on top most times. Sometimes I'll scratch it in the bigger containers, but it doesn't seem to make much difference other than aesthetically. Water will slowly dissolve the coating on the pellets releasing the fertilizer into the soil. I think the scratching in helps to keep the pellets from washing away or concentrating into one area in heavy rain (or heavy watering) and will better direct the fert to the soil, but I don't know how much difference that really makes in large areas. Sometimes people mistake the spent balls for insect eggs so in that case, I can see how scratching in might help in that instance! :-o

Peter's sells fertilizer granules that do the same as the Osmocote balls, and that might be an alternative to the balls for throwing purposes!

RE:: Fertilizer you can 'throw'

Thank you jenny---- I'll start practicing with my throwing arm. LOL

RE: Fertilizer you can 'throw'

LOL! I bet you won't miss. :-p

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