Hoop House Farming: Fertilizing Tips

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Fertilizer is a necessity for plants to grow faster and bigger as it directly provide nutrients and added food to the plants. Farm and care for plants correctly and safely with tips from an experienced farmer in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Danny Botkin

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So let's talk about fertility for all of your developing spring hoop-house plants. Hopefully they've been mixed into some beautiful potting soil that has good compost, nutrients, nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus. But you might want to augment their growth, especially if they're growing quickly in this ultra, ultra beautiful growing environment. So what we're going to do today, is mix up some liquid fertilizer. And what I'm going to do, into this 50 gallon drum of water, I'm going to mix two things today. I'm going to mix one of my favorite organic amendments, fish and seaweed extract; fish and seaweed. And from experience I know that this 30 gallons can easily dilute and make good use of that fish and seaweed extract. This is a fully organic and safe amendment to use on little growing plants. And today I have the benefit of something else, I have a little worm casting juice. This is the essence of worms that have been grown in a permaculture box, and their castings, their feces actually contain some of the richest nutrients, and are renowned as a plant amendment, as a soil amendment. So I'm just going to give it a little splash there. And rather than be scientific about it, I know I can't hurt my plants, but I'll observe the results, and get a sense of just how diluted I want to make this. And if I have little bitty plants and I don't want such a rich mix, I can further dilute this tank. Now it's my plan to spread this 30 gallons, this 35 gallons of water across maybe 10 thousand vegetable seedling plants. And each and every one of them, in a couple of days should be showing some real signs of new growth and fertility.