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Old March 9, 2019   #466
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Anyone have a recipe for a "complete organic fertilizer"? COF is a self made mixture of organic materials a person can use on an area of garden that is not really big enough to justify doing a soil test on it. It is a complete mix with as many as 20 products mixed together in some compost, all of which is then spread on the garden and scratched in early in the season.
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Old March 12, 2019   #467
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Here is a sample recipe.

1. If you are growing in an area that is not big enough to merit a soil test you could use a “complete organic fertilizer” that would not be as good as balancing your soil but better than nothing. Here is one recipe that can be used to cover 100 square feet. It should be applied to the soil annually in the fall and better yet in the early spring and mixed into the top 3 inches of soil using a rake or digging fork.

2 pounds feather meal
2 pounds fish meal
3 pounds soft rock phosphate
1 pound kelp meal
1 ½ pounds agricultural limestone
1 ½ pounds gypsum
1/3 cup potassium sulfate
1 teaspoon borax
1 ½ teaspoons zinc sulfate
2 teaspoons manganese sulfate
1 teaspoon copper sulfate

This will weigh around 11 pounds and should be mixed into some compost, spread on top of the soil and then dug into the top 3 inches of soil using a digging fork or rake.
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Two weeks and nobody here. What are you guys doing? I worked some organic fertilizers into the top 2 inches of soil in my garden today. And then it snowed.
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #469
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Waiting for the nice weather to show up!
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Old 1 Week Ago   #470
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Great suggestions Lubadub! Biscuit- I have 4 out of 6 up so far for your mystery lunker . Hope to grow a big un this year!
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Nice formula, thanks! Timing is everything, spring finally arrived, temporarily. It was in the 60's today! I was planning to raid my fertilizer stash and get going, but the forecast has lots of cold snowy weather headed my way next Thursday, with a nightime low of 19. Other than the rock phosphate (not needed in ground but I add to container mixes), should I wait until the April snows are over?


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Great suggestions Lubadub! Biscuit- I have 4 out of 6 up so far for your mystery lunker . Hope to grow a big un this year!
Good to hear,grow em mammoth. Keep us posted!
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When exactly to put your fertilizers on has a lot to do with what you are using. Organic fertilizers could go on now so as to give soil life, when it gets going, a chance to start breaking the nutrients down into useable molecules. Water soluble Miracle Grow, then apply later as the April showers could cause a lot of them to be leached out. Others chemical fertilizers could wait until you can actually work your soil.
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The ground is warming up and getting dry enough to be able to work on it. I built a compost pile several days ago. I had one pile of old leaves from the fall and another pile of grass clippings and garden wastes from flower garden and mixed them together along with a little urea to give it some nitrogen. Also I mixed in some old compost and a bit of garden soil to give it some life. I watered it as best I could and after a few days the temperature of the pile went from 50 degrees F to 60F. So, I guess things are coming to life inside the pile.
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