Team Fertilize, or Team No Fertilize: Team Fertilizer? What's that?

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Team Fertilize, or Team No Fertilize

By Trish
September 18, 2011

There are too many teams to list on this Team Poll. Come tell us all about how you feed your plants.

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Sep 18, 2011 11:09 AM CST
We do put wheelbarrow loads (25 this year) of good compost on the gardens every summer so I suppose that is fertilizing....

But...

I spent an entire year, years ago, faithfully fertilizing my house plants, on schedule, and didn't notice a difference from previous years when I never fertilized. Now I don't bother.
They do get watered with rain water in the summer and aquarium water in the winter...might be some nutrients there.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Sep 18, 2011 11:52 AM CST

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I also water with aquarium water, and notice a difference from when I used nothing.
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Sep 18, 2011 11:58 AM CST
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I always thought it was such a waste when Hubby had to drain 1/3 of the aquarium every couple of months. I had him drain it into his old wine carboys (sp?) and used it for my houseplants, until the cats started knocking them off their chairs trying to get a drink. (what a mess!!) Now, I just dip my watering can right into the aquarium and Hubby tops it up when it starts to get low.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Sep 18, 2011 1:46 PM CST

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Yes, that's how I do it. Once a week I do about a 1/3 change where I just take from the top with the watering can and water everything. Then, once a month or so I do the big vacuum out and that fills up several 5 gallon buckets. I take that water everywhere inside and outside. No use in wasting!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.

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