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Michigan (Zone 5a)
Feb 6, 2017 12:20 PM CST
I am getting my hoop house ready for planting and got the soil tested last week. They recommend applying a 24-0-16 manufactured fertilizer at 10 Ibs per 1000 sq ft, with a second application of 5 Ibs per 1000 sq ft 3 weeks after the plants emerge; or they recommend a 15-0-10 fertilizer at 16 Ibs per 1000 sq ft and a second application at 8 Ibs per 1000 sq ft 3 weeks after plants emerge.

Can anyone recommend a brand to use that has worked for them in the past? I've been having trouble finding the right one online.

Thank you!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 6, 2017 6:54 PM CST
Are you growing vegetables in your hoop house? That's a pretty weird fertilizer recommendation for anything but lawn. The test is saying that your soil is heavy in Phosphorus (and probably calcium) but lacks everything else.

The reason this could happen: Too much manure was added. You composted eggshells. You live in an area with a high phosphorus level in your native soil.

It doesn't really matter what brand of fertilizer you use. Its the numbers that count.

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Michigan (Zone 5a)
Feb 7, 2017 7:09 AM CST
Yeah I am growing vegetables in the garden. I thought it was weird also and explains why I'm having trouble finding the right fertilizer. We are located in a city with heavy traffic driving by a lot. That may explain the results?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Feb 7, 2017 10:40 AM CST
Some municipalities are banning the use of additional phosphorus due to run off into streams and lakes, causing problems like algae bloom. Phosphorus does last pretty long in the soil. You may need to look at two individual amendments - one for nitrogen and one for potassium.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Feb 7, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Bear in mind also that you don't have to get precisely those numbers, just as close as you can. You can also substitute something with a different analysis but the same ratio, such as 12-0-8 or 6-0-4 for the 24-0-16, you'd just apply at the different rate.

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