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Jun 12, 2020 12:07 PM CST
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Name: Alex Castellanos
Long Beach, California (Zone 10b)
Hello! I'm very new to the gardening world! I'm looking to make a fertilizer/ top dressing that is suitable for many different vegetables. Things like carrots, tomatoes, celery, okra, radishes, corn, and zucchini.

I only have a very small space of land to plant everything so some things I'll grow in pots. I want something that will promote growth and nutrients! I have heard that things like kelp meal, fish meal, bone meal, and earthworm casting might be helpful.

Has anyone here made any homemade fertilizers that are tried and true? Do you have any recommendations?
Thank You!
Jun 13, 2020 6:03 AM CST

I think 80% of the folks here make their own compost. It's free and it works well so it may be worth looking into it. The only advice I am giving right now is to plan so to have the compost heap on the bare soil to improve drainage and to allow earthworms and other beneficial creatures to pass into the compost once it has cooled down.
Lacking compost, the second best (but expensive) thing is manure. There are many kinds to choose from but among those available commercially horse manure is the best followed by cattle manure. A 50/50 mixture worked into the ground in late Fall/early Winter (just like compost) will do wonders. Sheep manure, provided you can find any, is better and can be used alone and rabbit manure is the absolute best but it's only available in very small amounts and it's generally hugely expensive unless you eat a lot of connies. nodding

As per containers perhaps other folks have different experiences but my advice is to use a good potting medium the first year followed by a 50/50 mixture of old potting medium and compost the next. However remember that containers do not allow any plant bar the puniest to properly develop root systems and to make things worse more frequent waterings will wash away nutrients: that's why you need to provide a liquid fertilizer regularly during growing season. Vegetable-based ones are available and seem to work pretty well.

Finally one note: never rule out synthetic fertilizers. If used properly they will literally multiply your yield, especially on a tiny plot. A 10-10-10 or 12-12-16 high quality fertilizer will literally do wonders once you learn how to use it.
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Jun 15, 2020 4:00 PM CST
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Name: Alex Castellanos
Long Beach, California (Zone 10b)
Thank you so much for all of that information! I definitely want to utilize compost for my veggies. I will look to see if I can get my hands on some rabbit manure Blinking nodding

If you were to make a simple natural fertilizer for veggies what would you recommend if you recommend a particular mix?
Jun 15, 2020 7:26 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Listen to Luis about the pots.

Don't get too hung up about using organic specialty items.

Kelp meal is more for micronutrients than major ones.

Do understand that bone meal is not in the same category as those. Worm castings, read here, sounds good.

As to mixing, I really recommend you let someone else do the mixing. Just go buy a name brand organic fertilizer.
or inorganic, vegetable garden food. You aren't saving money by mixing things.

So as a new gardener, I think best to not try to overthink it. Fertilizer doesn't have to be perfect.
Plant it and they will come.
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