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Community Garden #5- Plant Nutrition & Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow

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Well, it is still hot in the midwest and we are in need of a good rain. We have been watering, watching, and weeding our garden plot. We have sprayed our vegetable and herb plants, head to toe, a couple three times now with a Neem+Humboldt Sticky wetting agent for preventative insect and disease safety. Now it is time to talk about added plant nutrition for our maturing vegetables and herbs. Like animals, as plants grow and mature they need more and more nutrients to be healthy. As your plants grow and their roots spread out seeking nutrition in the soil, primary and secondary nutrients get consumed very rapidly. Early growth stages usually have plenty enough nutrition based on the wonderful mushroom compost and lime we used to amend the beds in the beginning. Heavy nutrient feeding and blooming plants like our tomatoes and peppers will need supplemental fertilization however for a succesful yield.

Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow is the best product for enhancing and supplementing our garden bed nutrition. Derived from quality natural sources like Ocean Fish, Soy Protein Hydrolysate, Seaweed Extract, Yucca Extract, Soft Rock Phosphate, and Cane Molasses, Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow gives the communardener a well balanced easy to use liquid nutrient. With that being said, rates and applications of use can vary quite heavily from one communardener to the next, with all communardeners being right. Utitlizing and applying supplemental fertilizer needs to be done only when needed, and in the proper ratio based on the communardeners own unique circumstances. Take into consideration the varieties that you are growing, nutrients already amended into the soil, as well as size and maturity of your plants. Again, small plants don’t eat as much as big plants and some varieties eat more than others. It is important to understand the nutrient needs of each plant variety as they can be very different from one another. Like, the nutrient needs and harvest horizon of a tomato plant is very different from that of a radish. Now that the disclaimers are out of the way I will let you know how I have been applying Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow to our garden beds. It is a very simple and easy application for a small community garden plot.

20160712_131234Step#1– Get one gallon of good clean un-chlorinated water in your favorite watering can(this is what mine looks like…..oh she’s a beauty….communardened and battle tested…..ain’t no clean bottles round here folks….just used ones)

Step#2– Add 1-Tablespoon or 15milliliters of Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow(This is the maximum general application rate and what my vegetables and herbs can handle right now)

Step#3– Stir your nutrient solution vigorously with a stirring device until mixed thoroughly

Step#4– Water around base of your plants and herbs with nutrient solution(spread nutrient solution around so as not to concentrate nutrients too much in one area)

Try to make sure all plants and areas of your communarden enjoy a good soaking of Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow. This will probably take a few mixings of Natural Grow. Watering amount of the Natural Grow should be correlated to how much you water in general. If it takes 5 gallons of water to water your garden beds, then you will be mixing 5 gallons of Natural Grow for your application(completely hypothetical situation). This can be a little tedious, but does not need to be done every watering, with once or twice a week  usually being adequate for nutrient supplementation. Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow can be applied through foliar spraying, or possibly added to a tea brew, or any other application or rate that works for you, as there are many roads that lead to the same place and whichever road you choose to travel is ok. Do what is best for your garden needs and make sure you have a bottle of Humboldt Nutrients Natural Grow on your shelf. Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer! Until next time!