I’m trying something different. I went to a how to class on growing in no til living soil. Looks easy and the soil should last years. I’ll be using 15 gallon smart pots. I dropped a seed so time will tell. More to come.
Well good luck with the new crop.
Baby born today. I’ll be setting up the 15 gal smart pot in a couple days. Stay tuned, pics at 6.
If you are using anything from a plastic bottle it ain’t truly organic. Some of the chemicals are derived from organisms and that’s where the similarities stop. In the truest sense, organic no till is a holistic approach to gardening. Our family has been doing it for years. You don’t really need bottled anything if you are doing thing right. Unfortunately, organic gardening takes a lot of preparation and is typically not going go happen without a few processes taking place.
Soil building requires composting, which is an art and science in it’s own right. Lots of good reading and videos. Then there’s teas, again lots of good videos and reading. Then crop rotation and weed supression/ nitrogen fixing cover crops. But at no time is a plastic bottle required.
If you already have pretty good soil, perhaps the easiest method of soil prep is the Ruth Stout method! It’s a great start anyway! At least for weed suppressing and mulching/ water retention. Her method is also on YouTube and mostly caters to soil prep for veggie gardens but man it works like a hot damn!
Do the worms have food? They need material to eat!
Yes. The soil is worm ready and I’ll add snacks for them.
Oats are good!
I guess they really like avocados also
If you can get them cheap! Another consideration is some fruits and vegetables are prone to fruit flies and gnats, potentially other pests. Whereas, oats and straw or pre cut hay are not as much. The worms only need organic material to eat.
I’ll add hay after the cover crop gets going a bit.
Do you know what’s causing a dark line down the middle of those chlorotic fan leaves?
I’ll I know is it needed fed before I put it in the dirt and it’s looking better today. Probably a nitrogen def I’d guess.
I think she’s just a little hungry, too. Give her time to fill out that big container with roots, then she’ll take off.
The hard part is the watering when you have a huge pot and very little plant material. I try to water in a ring about 6 inches away from the plant. Make her reach for it.
Water the cover crop with spray bottle only. Over saturation can be an issue, I’ve done it a couple times, so it comes as experience from almost failures!