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My Fertigation Setup

Posted by DaMonkey007 10b - Miami (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 24, 12 at 10:30

Good Morning Everyone,
I was recently having a conversation with the infamous Meyer Mike, he asked me in passing how I was going about my fertigation. I proceed to tell him the story about how I came to this end. I realized afterwards that it really is a pretty good idea and a pretty good story, and I thought that I would share it. Hopefully some of you might find it interesting and useful! Here it goes:

It just kinda came to me, it was like "meant to be". I had a bunch of those 1 quart spray bottles around for cleaning up and what not. One day, a bottle was on the counter next to some empty beer bottles, soda cans, and a 2 liter soda bottle, ready to go to the recycle bin. The 2 liter cap happened to be off and laying next to the spray bottle. I looked at it, tilted me head, and an idea was born! I tried the cap and it fit, so I busted out the drill. I drilled a bunch of small holes in the cap and a vent hole at the top of the spray bottle...and viola!

The next part of the equation came a few days after that, when I found myself walking back and forth, lugging these bottles everywhere two at a time. I have to give all the credit on this part to beer!! Yes, beer! I had run out and went to the store to grab a few more hoppy adult beverages, I was carrying them out to the car in one of those little hand held bins, I looked down, saw all the bottles lined up in there......and I knew that my idea was coming full circle. I can tell you my friends, that the IPA's were extra tasty that day......LOL! I like this setup because the 1 quart bottles are so easy to manipulate, can get in tight spaces, and the water comes out nice and slow. Here's what the finished product looks like!

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The last piece of the puzzle came a few days later, after I had been adding the MG powder in really small quantities to the bottles directly. This was not very effective, specifically when trying to dilute down to like 1/8 strength. It was very cumbersome and inefficient, to say the least. Once again, the light bulb just kinda went off. I had this 5 gal igloo sitting in the closet with the rest of my tailgating gear. Sometimes I make 5 gallons of some mixed drink and bring it to football games....GO CANES....5 gallons of boose...woo hoo! Our tailgates rule. So anywho, I make 5 gallons of full strength MG in the igloo cooler. I dispense as needed to the appropriate dilution line on the bottle, then top it off with water to achieve my desired fertigation concentration. Yay me!

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So like I said, I thought that this is a pretty good story, and a darn good idea, and I wanted to share it with you all! Have a great weekend everyone!

PJ


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RE: My Fertigation Setup

Hey, it looks great! :-)

If I use a container for fertilizer, I always label it "Fertilizer."

So...how'd you acquire the red basket? ;-)


Josh


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RE: My Fertigation Setup

Awesome idea! I've been using a medicine dropper to measure how much nutrients to add to each full watering can, definitely switching over to this method.


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RE: My Fertigation Setup

Hey guys! Thanks for your replies!

Josh,
LOL...I'm not proud to tell you that I aquired the red basket via the five finger discount....HAH! Good point on the labeling, I'll bust out the sharpies!

Buzzsaw,
Thank you! I thought that there might be a few folks out there that would appreciate it, I'm glad that I could help!! By all means, let me know if you improve on it!

Cheers!

PJ


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That igloo is a great idea. The quart bottles could be a nice addition for tight spaces - great idea again. I also premix but keep it in costco 5 quart laundry detergent dispenser. It has has nice push button dispenser. I also use the detergent measuring cup for large amounts and a nyquil cup for small amounts.

My wife thinks I am crazy when I said I need three of the fast food ketchup dispensers for my NPK setup. LOL.


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  • Posted by mksmth oklahoma 7a (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 27, 12 at 17:52

so let me ask the first question that came to me and excuse me if it sounds dumb. How long is a premixed solution of miracle grow and any other fert good for? I guess if properly sealed for a long time, right?

Mike


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Chemical fertilizers should last for a long time in raw and diluted form. Someone more knowledgeable with chemistry of the components may know better whether they slowly react with each other or not. I doubt MG and others will deteriorate.

Organic fertilizers may be a different story though since they are derived from things that deteriorate anyway.


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Hi guys!
Thanks again! I'm so glad that you found this helpful and interesting!

Tropic,
Great minds think alike!! LOL. Nice call on the detergent/nyquill dispensers! The quart bottles are nice because they have the fill lines on them already, which eliminates the need for a second measuring device. I also use the quart bottles as a solution measure for my 2 gal watering can when I use it, dual duties!

Mike,
I generally run through the igloo pretty quickly, a week to 10 days or so, and the top never comes off during that period. I don't have an exact scientific answer you, but I don't think that the nutrients will suffer any, I mean, there are all kinds of pre-mixed stuff on store shelves, right? As for the water, my thoughts are, if rain water can sit around in a 55 gal rain barrel for weeks on end and be ok for plants, tap water in a sealed igloo for a few days certainly can't hurt either.

Definitly do not add the vinegar, if you use it, to the pre mixed solution though, add that as you go...

PJ


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