Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» New in NY...Hi all
by sanderson Today at 12:21 pm

» Lil' Goners
by sanderson Today at 12:18 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 11:03 am

» Lower South May 2017
by walshevak Today at 9:11 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 8:35 am

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by sanderson Today at 2:55 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 2:46 am

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by sanderson Today at 1:46 am

» Tips for compost tumbler
by sanderson Today at 1:42 am

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 10:09 pm

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:18 pm

» Amaranth
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:09 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:06 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:44 pm

» New England May 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:55 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:46 am

» Maritime SGFG 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:29 am

» Strawberry protection
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:27 am

» Planting for the trellis
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:57 am

» Spring BBQ day
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:55 am

» Dandelions - I cut this out of a magazine when I was a teen-
by Scorpio Rising 5/23/2017, 8:02 pm

» Watering System -- Finally!
by countrynaturals 5/23/2017, 3:49 pm

» Slugs and stuff
by CapeCoddess 5/23/2017, 9:56 am

» surprising results from soil test
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:29 am

» New in Tennessee
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:23 am

» Netting as Barrier
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:20 am

» Bumble bees In Trouble
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:08 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Cajun Cappy 5/22/2017, 10:27 pm

» What region am I in now?
by CapeCoddess 5/22/2017, 3:54 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

fertilizer burn in wicking containers

View previous topic View next topic Go down

fertilizer burn in wicking containers

Post  walshevak on 12/14/2011, 8:03 am

I was at the garden center drooling and started talking to the owner. I, of course, started bragging about the family square foot gardens and whipped out the camera to show my tabletops and son's wicking beds. I was telling her the nutrients from the beds seemed to collect in the ponds from rainwater through the soil and wick back up to the plants. She said to watch out for fertilizer burn and to flush out the ponds every so often.

OPINIONS PLEASE!!

We don't use any fertilizers, but the compost is heavy on the manure side. We did no flushing all summer but I'm wondering if we should flush before spring planting and how often thereafter.



Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4342
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: fertilizer burn in wicking containers

Post  Unmutual on 12/14/2011, 8:42 am

All I have is an opinion on this, with no real facts to back me up. Fertilizer is not compost. The nutrients in compost are slow release and it would seem to me what you are doing is bringing back up a compost tea-like substance through wicking. If you were adding actual fertilizer to your bed, then maybe. However, with water being in the bottom, whatever goes down into the sump will be diluted regardless(sort of like fertigation).

As far as flushing goes, it might not be a bad idea anyway as I'm sure some form of sediment would develop over time. I'm not sure if the capillary action of water is enough to pull up suspended particles, so anything that doesn't dissolve will remain in the sump.

Unmutual

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 396
Join date : 2011-04-23
Age : 45
Location : Greater New Orleans Area Westbank(Zone 9b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: fertilizer burn in wicking containers

Post  boffer on 12/14/2011, 10:18 am

@walshevak wrote:OPINIONS PLEASE!!

Suuuure! Here's my SWAG:

Like Unmutual said, I wouldn't be the least bit worried about fertilizer burn.

But you got me thinking about the accumulation of salts from the manure. It is said that an advantage of raised beds is that salts are easily rinsed away. But that puts the salt in your ponds. So, if the salt is dissolved in the water, it's getting wicked up along with the nutrients into the plants. I'm guessing you would have seen salt created problems already if they were going to be any.

About the flushing process? That would only eliminate the sediment accumulated on the bottom of the pond. Isn't every cycle where the plants use up the water and you re-fill the pond a flushing process? ie the same water doesn't sit there all year accumulating stuff.


avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: fertilizer burn in wicking containers

Post  dsfin on 12/14/2011, 5:45 pm

@boffer, wouldn't the re-fill activity be a dilution of the holding tank? Not a flushing? I would think adding more water would help dilute any accumulated salts to a reasonable level. Flushing on the other hand might still be a good idea to get rid excessive buildup of sediments I would think.

dsfin

Male Posts : 51
Join date : 2011-03-10
Age : 60
Location : Milton, WA; PNW - Zone 7-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: fertilizer burn in wicking containers

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum