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Friday, August 13, 2010

plant food

so far i have blogged mostly about people food. not today! those plants in your containers that are outside need food also and on a regular basis in order for them to flourish. i am a firm believer in 20-20-20 or a fertilizer with similar ratios for blooming plants. that means that the total nitrogen, available phosphate and soluble potash are the same. i use it for all my flowering plants in containers. it is sold by several well known companies and is easy to find.
now, here is the important part.
feed the plants every time they are watered. yep, every time!!
we don't like to eat every 2-3 weeks and neither do the plants.
do not follow the directions on the package. way too much for one meal
most important: use 1/2 teaspoon to a 1 1/2 gallon watering can
and no more than that
the planters on the chain link fence are not very large. they are only 2 feet long and 4 inches wide but i stuff them with plant material in may and by frost they are usually touching the ground. when they need to be watered, i get water from the rain barrel and add 20-20-20

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