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Old 1 Week Ago   #61
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Patti ..They are but I have to get some fans on them...I planted them so deep in the drum that air will have to come from above them ...Regards Ron
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I know that those drums are heavy, but if you filled them up higher with soil your plants would have more room to make roots, they would get more light and be easier to get a fan on them. You are only utilizing half of your growing space by filling them half way. You might also want to look into finding some lighter weight growing pots if weight is an issue.

Just my opinion on the matter.
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I know that those drums are heavy, but if you filled them up higher with soil your plants would have more room to make roots, they would get more light and be easier to get a fan on them. You are only utilizing half of your growing space by filling them half way. You might also want to look into finding some lighter weight growing pots if weight is an issue.

Just my opinion on the matter.
You can always add potting mix as the plants grow. I have never found that to be a problem just a pain in the backside for convenience.
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Hi..Yes my original thinking was adding more mix as the plants grow BUT I also think on reflection I perhaps put them maybe too low ...Now I will be hanging fans aboye them ...which may help but of course there is also sunlight?...Once I finish planting there is over 2 KG of water added to the drum weight but one can slide them very easily on the concrete in fact its safer working on a plant just to turn the drum and work sideways into the drum instead of over the plant .To do this one has to stake in a teepee shape.. ...Patti..As you know I am always struggling with fertilizer and my memory recall is basicly fading on me but having put Super Phosphate on last night ..this morning I am wondering if I should have whizzed it in a blender lightly and I would have got a better spread in my soil unless one is not supposed to do that..
Unlike a year ago ( Apart from a few weeks ago the winds are staying away) and its good weather for the plants but i will have to watch the temperature guage ...Most of the plants I am planting are unknown to me so I am hoping to find one or two that I like the taste of ..Two latest varieties "Marriage Genuwine" and "Rupunzel" look interesting.... Regards Ron
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Your Super Phosphate is just fine as it is. No need to grind, pulverize or powder it. This product tends to stay where it was placed rather that leaching out like nitrogen does, so it is best mixed well into the soil before planting.
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Hi...I want to get into topping the soil level up in my drums ....My aim is to mix a drum of soil with Calmag but I am unsure what the mix should be ....I will try and work out how much soil should go in each plant my measuring in a 2 litre jug ..my guess it could take about 4-6 jugs per plant ..I wonder how much Calmag need I mix with a 2 litre jug of Soil ...Once I know that I will make a drum full up ....I will wash it in with water and epsom salts...Thankyou Ron...PS Sorry I forgot my Photos
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Hi...I have done some calculations and I understand each drum will require aprox one cubic foot of soil ...So What I require to know is how much Calmag to mix into one cubic foot of soil ...Thankyou Ron
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Magnesium is the first deficiency to show among the minor elements, for me anyway, but not usually until heavy fruiting. At this point, I doubt your seedlings need any of the calmag. If it were me, I would wait until the plant was much bigger and started showing the first signs of deficiency, then use a soluable product at that time. There is liquid cal-mag, and many people use epsom salt.

I like to use as little fertilizer as possible on young plants. Using too much can make things go wrong in many different ways, by locking out other nutrients, throwing off ph, or causing a bacterial imbalance in your soil.
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I agree.
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