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wasting fertilizer ugh

Posted by rwaters 7b NC (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 4, 11 at 21:46

I fertilize my container chiles every three weeks with a mix of liquid fish and liquid kelp (combined 6-2-2). Did this morning with no mention of rain in the forecast but got 2.5" this evening. Did I just lose all my fertilizer under the deck?

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RE: wasting fertilizer ugh

I would say yes, most likey the rain washed most of it out. I usually move my containers under the eave or the gazebo if rain is coming to avoid fertilizer washout.


RE: wasting fertilizer ugh

put a plastic mulch cover on them. like the ones used on the earthbox or earthtainer.

RE: wasting fertilizer ugh

This is more of a problem if you use full strength fertilizer every two weeks or so. I prefer to use either a half dose weekly, or a quarter dose twice weekly. I leave my plants out in the rain, and if it rains, I'll give it a half dose the next time I water. I have had much success doing it this way. If we get a long spell of rain, I'll still water with a weak fert anyway. You need very well draining soil to do this though such as the 5-1-1 mix mentioned in other threads.

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