Sunday, August 28, 2005

I'll have to start all over again with the Goji seeds

I had put my Goji seedlings outside after putting the fishmeal on top, and now there are some kind of worms all over it and eating the seedlings. Luckily, I have more seeds, so I am going to start again with more fertile potting soil. This is harder than I thought it would be.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Got Fish Meal

Actually, Dr. Earth has a product that is pure Fish Meal plus microbacteria. A 2-pound box cost $7.99 at the garden store. This is perfect. I'm putting some of this directly on my Goji plants (in a water solution), because they need something right away. I put some organic fertilizer in the potting soil when I transplanted them to a bigger pot, but they are not doing much of anything.

And then I am also going to make the bug juice. Now I know I'll have something better when I start planting my other seeds. It's good I didn't plant my stevia, coffee and hoodia seeds yet.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Fish meal

Found a product that contains fish meal plus has the probiotic bacteria, so I'm going to try this. Plus I also have some organic fertilizer, which I didn't realize I should be using in the seed starting potting soil. (See my last post.)

Dr. Earth does not sell on the Internet, but they tell you what stores sell their stuff, and there are several nearby me here in Portland. I believe they only supply the Western U.S. area.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Worthless potting soil

I was discouraged over the progress of my plants. My tobacco shoots came up the two times I planted but just stopped and did not continue growing until they finally just wilted away. Three of my Goji berry plants are growing but not very well.

But I discovered my problem. Isn't the Internet great? I was surfing and came upon this article that says most potting soil that you buy is worthless. Here I was thinking potting soil (soil you buy to put in a pot to grow things) would have the ingredients to grow plants, but apparently not.

Especially since I am growing from seed my plants have no beneficial bacteria to help them get the few nutrients there are from the soil. I believe I read somewhere that tobacco in particular needs nutrient rich soil.

because everyone forgets that they mixed the soil from a potted plant with the potting mix when they transplanted. Since the plant's soil contains microorganisms, gardeners are "innoculating" the potting mix with beneficial microorganisms.
I don't want to have a sterile, chemical fertilizer induced growth, as the resultant fruit probably would not be as nutritious as possible. I want to try the recipe for bug juice, but I have to find a source of fish meal.