Fertilizing Container Gardens: Home Gardening Tips, Ideas & Advice

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Learn how to fertilize a container garden in this free home gardening video. Get beginner gardening tips, ideas & advice.

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Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. When fertilizing your containers, there are a couple of different ways to go. A lot of people are big fans of that blue goo, you know the name of the stuff. They are everywhere and they start off, I’m not such a big fan because that’s ammonia salt and I don’t like to put salt on my plants. That’s that white stuff you see oozing out of the side of the pot and besides what happens when you put salt on plants. They don’t do very well. Most of the time they die so why do we put ammonia salt on our plants. I like to fertilize organically and one of the best things that I found for fertilizing organically is good old fish; fish and seaweed in this case. It’s a liquid plant food. Now I’ll just mix a little bit of this into the water. Now look, it doesn’t hurt my nose that much and this is the concentrate. A lot of people complain that there is a really bad smell with the fish and I’ve smelled fish gone bad and it can be. But if you are getting this fresh and using on a regular basis, especially the stuff with the seaweed in it, it is going to work for you. Now we give this all a good mix and I want to get the air in there. I want it to foam up a little bit. There’s a lot of micro and organisms in with that natural fish that are going to be stimulated and activated when I add that air to it. So when it’s getting good and foamy and a good broth on it, that’s good. Now if I really had the time, I would let this sit for another half hour or even an hour and really let things to get activated but we need to get the food on the plants. Now because we are using an organic carbon based fertilizer, I don’t have to worry about burning my plant. I can get it on the foliage where it will actually help feed and I can get it down into the pot. There’s a little bit of smell associated with this but it is only going to be for a couple of hours really before it starts to break down and get activated by the microbes and what not in the soil. So when you are feeding your plants, container plants otherwise, remember if we are using organic compounds or organic fertilizers, we are working with Mother Nature, not against her. It’s a lot easier to work with Mother Nature.

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