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Old February 27, 2013   #1
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Default My Global Bucket Using Only Liquid Fert

I am experimenting with a global bucket that I am only using liquid fert with. Its in my greenhouse and was planted out about the first week of January or so. Its a Bushy Chabarovsky. Its a determinate dwarf variety, usually about 1.5-2.0 feet tall. My bucket is made the way the website describes. The mix is Fertilome Ultimate Potting Mix.

There is no fertilizer strip-I have only been using liquid fert as a soil drench about every two week-I put in about 1/2 gallon.

I started using General Hydroponics 7-4-10 with micros-its called Flora Nova Grow-1 tsp per gallon. I used that about 3 times. I then used twice Flora Nova Bloom, which is a 4-8-7 with micros (not as complete as Grow, but it has cal/mag and some other micros-1 tsp per gallon twice. I am now using 0-4-4 Saltwater Farms Sea Start, 1 tsp per gallon. I shaved a little bit of BiotaMax from one of the tablets, and put it in with the first Sea Start soil drench.

I have never seen as many flowers as this plant has, and I have grown this variety at least 3 times. There are at least 19 fruit right now, and there are probably 50 flowers on the plant.

The water is my usual ro water-I have been using it for 5 years or so, so that is not different. The only thing different is the liquid fert only in the global bucket.
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Old February 27, 2013   #2
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Wow, it looks like it's working very well...
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Looking AWESOME! I've always had great experience with GH. Keep us updated on the fruitset please.
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You can see at least one fruit on the right side about middle. That truss has 6 fruit on it.
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I'm looking.

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Michael,
Great results!
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I will try and keep this thread updated. The theory between the earthbox/earthtainer/global buckets is to use a fert strip and then walk away. But then you start reading threads about using calcium nitrate as a "snack." So that means that you are adding to the ferts-although the "snack" is put down the tube. I am doing a soil drench, which is easy to do and doesn't take much time per bucket.
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I had to take the plant and put it on the surface of the greenhouse, put a cage around it. It was going to get fried, with the temps in the greenhouse climbing.
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^oh well hopefully it's fine. I had to pull my hoop house cover off 3 weeks ago for the same reason. Keep us posted.

Are you also applying bokashi love juice to this plant?
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Cran

Not using any juice-my wife and I are gone at least two weeks a month, and so I am not using the second bucket-the juice just goes into the ground. The plant looks good-not much damage getting the cage over it.
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holy moly, that looks like it's going gangbusters! thanks for sharing.
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Michael,
I use "global bucket" five and four gallons. Start plants with Garden-tone and lime mixed throughout growing mix. Throughout the remainder of season I use drip system to deliver only very weak liquid fertilizer daily, miracle grow, with a monthly or so drenching with Neptunes Fish and Seaweed. Have had best results last two years with this approach, so am not at all surprised at your excellent results. I use a homemade drip, consisting of a garden hose with pin holes and an EZ-Flo to deliver the weak liquid fertilizer daily with water....(I'm too lazy to do the periodic drench). I put the Miracle Gro in the EZ-FLO every 4-6 weeks, and have on a timer, 20 minutes twice a day.
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Lake lady

My wife and I have been gone for two weeks so will post update next week.

Charleston-there are more than one way to skin a cat! I am interested if liquid feet only will do the job. Sounds like you have your method down.
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Michael,
Agree...think you'll find liquid fert will be just fine as long as it or growing mix or both can deliver the micros as needed. Good luck.
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I've long given my earthtainer corn a "kick" every couple weeks with some liquid fish fertilizer and some Monty's Joy Juice down the tube. Normal fertilizer strips as well. Works great!
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