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Fertilizing Mel's Mix?

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Re: Fertilizing Mel's Mix?

Post  camprn on 2/23/2016, 8:10 pm

Mels mix does indeed need recharging as the season progresses and passes. I think that fertilizing is only part of the problem, as you pointed out Sanderson. Compost is the way to get and retain the bulk and tilth. Good compost isn't always easy to find, but there are bulk compost producers all over. 
I also agree with boffer that marketing messages can be deceiving and that the shrewd garden shopper must be aware of this. This is where research and learning about soil and plant science is important 

It is best to feed the soil. If that is healthy, the plants generally will be healthy. The gardener must be aware of the waning fertility of the garden soil, or MM. The only true way to know the fertility of the growing medium is to have laboratory analysis and amend the growing medium accordingly. In a crisis, when the plants are showing stress or nutrient deficiency, the gardner needs to take action and feed the plants.

But things may not always be as they seem.

For example, many folks know that Blossom end rot in tomatoes is often a result of calcium deficiency. The plant is just not getting enough Ca. Just throwing powdered milk or epsom salt or match heads may, or may not fix the problem. Perhaps it is a watering issue. Perhaps the problem is the Ca is in the soil but unavailable because of poor pH the plant cannot take it up

 My point here is that nothing operates in a vacuum, there are many variables. Research and education are a good first step to not be hoodwinked by the fertilizer marketers and seller.
To my mind gardening is a skill, and skill requires knowledge, keen observation, and practice.
There is no silver bullet. There are band-aids. There are real solutions. I just need to learn what they are and when to use them.


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Re: Fertilizing Mel's Mix?

Post  sanderson on 2/24/2016, 2:55 pm


What I am amazed at is how Mel developed his method and it is truly great. Adding Quality compost keeps the level up and feeds the organisms and plants that live in the Mix. What Boffer is facing is how to keep the level up with reduced mobility. My turn soon.


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