Sunday, February 05, 2006

Container gardening question how much of Pre-Plant Mix and Weekly Feed to use

Growing Vegetables in Containers – Fertilizers to Use

Question: I have a number of friends who live in apartments, etc., and the only way for them to garden is in containers. Has the FFE foundation worked out the math for how much of Pre-Plant Mix and Weekly Feed to use in say, 5, 10 and 15 gallon planter pots, etc.? Lettuce, carrots, beets, bush beans, zucchini and many others have done well for quite a few.

Answer: Here are suggested amounts to use if you are growing vegetables in pots:

5 gallon pot - 1 1/2 ounces Pre-Plant and 3/4 ounces Weekly Feed;

10 gallon pot - 3 ounces Pre-Plant and 1 1/2 ounces Weekly Feed;

15 gallon pot 4 1/2 ounces Pre-Plant and 2 1/4 ounces Weekly Feed. And etc.

Application should be as follows: The above amounts should be mixed with the soil mix before planting your seeds or seedlings. Thereafter, as soon as seeds are up, or after 3 days for seedlings, begin using Weekly Feed every 7 days until 3 weeks before harvest.


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