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Old March 31, 2008   #1
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I ordered myself one of these bad boys http://fertilizerdispensers.com/services/add-it.htm for my drip irrigation system. I fertilized with dry organic fertilizer when the plants were young but I doubt follow up fertilization will be effective since I use drip irrigation. So why not fertilize with the drippers? I plan on using mstly kelp and mollasses and the injector alows me to use vineger to clean the entire drip sytem.

Anyone else practice fertigation ?
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Old March 31, 2008   #2
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I ordered myself one of these bad boys http://fertilizerdispensers.com/services/add-it.htm
Anyone else practice fertigation ?
Yeah? but is that thing organically made?

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Old March 31, 2008   #3
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I work For big oil so plastic does not offend me.

Meanwhile while I am up here at work the plants are thriving without all my meddling with sprays and injections etc... The best investment I have made thus far has been the automatic timer for the irrigation, that may soon be challenged by the texas tomato cages.. we shall see.
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I'm putting in an irrigation system some time this year, probably over our winter. Adding a fertiliser injector sounds like a very good idea. I use brewed compost tea so I guess I'd have to make sure it was well filtered before releasing it through the pipe network.
Is the vinegar injection to clean out calcium deposits?
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Old March 31, 2008   #5
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Yes the vineger is good at cleaning the calcium deposits that precipitate outthrough evaporation of the emitters. Every other month I flush my entire system by opening the ends of the main 1/2" drip lines and push the water through them to get any sediment out.
Vineger is mainly for emitter maintenance and a mild acidifier. (which if your drip pater is causing calcium deposits is a good idea anyway).
Studies have also shown adding mollasses through the irrigation can reduce harmful nematodes by increasing biological activity in the root zones. That and it's a great source of potasium and iron.

You will not regret putting in a system. Plus it gives you something to tinker with during the winter.
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