- Mar 28, 2015
- Reaction score
- Southern Chester County, PA, USA
- Hardiness Zone
- 4 to 5 best for success.
Having worked in a nursery for many years, I have to say I have never seen a fertiliser tank with a tube attached. The internet is indeed full of misinformation and personal opinion. My own personal opinion is formed by years of experience, not reading the internet.Here is the thing, go to any large nursery and look above their plants. You will see a tube and that tube is attached to a fertilizer tank. So if you buy annuals or vegetables you are buying things that have been grown with the likes of Miricle Grow. If it didn't work and work well they wouldn't use it. If they didn't use it then their plants would look like what the average gardener has in his or her garden a month after they plant their previous beautiful healthy plants. That is the answer for all those that ask why their plants don't look as nice as they did when they bought them. A nursery can grow 50,000 beautiful healthy plants but the average person struggles to grow a handful of plants. As far as anything else, as I have said, no matter how often or how loud you say something it doesn't make it true. To get straight facts before turning on your computer call your local cooperative extension. The internet is full of misinformation and personal opinion. Yes, this is my personal opinion but go to a nursery, look at their spring plants, and decide for yourself whether Miricle Grow works or doesn't work.
If it wasn't Chuck who told you to throw it away, it was probably I.I have used Miracle Grow in the past and had very good results. I have been told to throw that JUNK away. WHY?
Yup. Get it home and it dies.Here is the thing, go to any large nursery and look above their plants. You will see a tube and that tube is attached to a fertilizer tank. So if you buy annuals or vegetables you are buying things that have been grown with the likes of Miricle Grow.
I get yields as good as farmers, study organic methods like a geek, and it seems that the only extra cost is labour intensiveness, e.g. you can't autofeed through a hose anything with lumps in it.I totally agree with Tetters. Leaving aside ones qualifications and all that. We as gardeners or garden or plant lovers, enjoy sharing with others our joys and up's & downs of our hobby or profession. I for instance learned what perhaps is known as the correct way. However. We all at some point deviate from the 'straight & narrow' and do things our way. If it works for ME then, I will do it or use it.
Personally. I so often disagree with all this feeding of plants. I would never dash a fellow gardeners method and say. I am right and you are wrong. Commercial growing is so much more scientific and COSTLY. We home gardeners have to watch the pennies and continue to enjoy gardening and plants.
This is also weapons industry grade poison.
On the Tomorite, I have never seen it, but, it appears to be a good fertilizer, a low NPK ratio which leads me to believe it is a natural product. It is not a high yield NPK which is good. The only negative I can see at this time is that it is made by Scotts. Whether or not this is the same Scotts that make much of the garbage like Weed and Feed here in the US I don't know. About the Osmocote. Of all of the synthetic fertilizers Osmocote is the only one I can think of that I would use if I couldn't get an organic fertilizer. It is a true slow release fertilizer and although it has a high nitrogen content most of this nitrogen is tied up and unavailable to plants immediately and slowly leaches into the soil, thus providing long lasting nutrition. Before organics were available here I used it extensively. The Blood Fish and Bone appears to be just what it says it is. Blood Fish and Bone. I have never seen this exact product. Here we have Blood Meal, dried and liquid fish, and, fish emulsion, plus we have Bone Meal but not all three in one package. There is NOT anything artificial or engineered or altered about this product as far as I can tell from my limited research. I could use all three products. These are a far, far better than Miracle Grow.
There are numerous things available where you are that isn't available here. For instance Hoof and Horn. For a good, quick nitrogen source all we have is blood meal. And 99.9% of the home gardeners do not have access to any type of manures, except for commercial organic fertilizers. About the soil quality and checking with the authorities, here in Texas there are NO authoritative rules or laws or restrictions, AFAIK, nor in any states. People just use what is available and unfortunately most gardeners are stuck with the likes of Miracle Grow and Scotts products. I am sure that this is because of the massive advertising that these companies do. Organic gardening was unheard of 30 years ago. All there was, was chemicals. Only in the last 20 years or so has there been any interest or knowledge of organic gardening. Texas, I am proud to say is leading the US effort to change from chemicals to organics. There are many large commercial farms that are changing from chemicals to organics. Plus, many golf courses are also changing. They are finding that in the long term, organics are actually less expensive. I can only hope that this course of action continues.Thank you @Chuck for taking the time to check these out. Here in the UK the Blood fish & bone is widely used by the experienced gardeners when planting shrubs and trees etc. The Osmocote is one I always use in my compost mixes, and I use it because it was choice for the nursery where I used to be propagating shrubs and climbers. It`s the slow release that is favourite with all the growers I know in this neck of the woods. I choose to use it too while growing plants on, when the organic stuff would be more difficult to add to the potting mix - that goes directly into the garden where the plants end up. Tomorite is a favourite for tomatoes and flowering plants, and although Zigs likes to knock up liquid feed with the comfrey or stinging nettle plants, he will usually settle for this instead because his home made stuff stinks so bad....... that`s for when he thinks I`m not looking.
I am amazed that you don`t have access to Blood fish & bone there, and beginning to realise just how different things are between the USA and the UK.
We seem to often read how much of the ground is contaminated there by various chemicals and such that have leeched out to waterways.
Gardeners there seem to have to check with the authorities quite often to check the soil quality etc.
By the way, our Tomorite is made by Levington!
Yes, a soil destroyer. And here is why. All chemical fertilizers leave a little mineral salt behind after use. These salts build up over time and kills the soil microbes and burns up the organic matter in the soil. After years of unregulated use the soil is dead and the only reason that plants can continue to grow is because of continued use of chemical fertilizers. More and more fertilizers are required to maintain the same amount of plant growth, until finally it costs too much money to maintain this growth. The result of this is why there are literally thousands of what is called "burned out farms" for sale across the US. This use of chemical fertilizers, both liquid and granular, can be, and is mitigated by methods such as no till farming and the use of carbohydrates. These methods maintain microbial life in the soil but at a monetary cost.Millions and millions of acres of farmland are treated with liquid fertilizer. Could certainly be a polluter but a soil destroyer?
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