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Are there alternatives to Miracle Grow? We use it but was wondering if there is a more "natural" alternative OR a recipe to make a homemade version?
That works wonders, but it's really only feasible in gardens that are so small as to not be able to feed the family in a crisis anyway. Amending the soil is probably the only effective way to manage on a large enough scale to produce enough food. I've always been a hybrid gardener. I amend the soil, but I also stock chemical fertilizers. They have their place too, in my opinion. And combined, they work together really well.For a liquid alternative try making some compost tea. Place some well aged compost in water for a day. Strain out the solids and put the liquid into a spray bottle. Spray it on your plants to give them a great kick in terms of growth and health.
The best fertilizers available and natural are horse poo, rabbit poo and chicken poo. Make sure when you compost the rabbit and chicken poo you put wire around it or else the raccoons will eat all the good stuff.Are there alternatives to Miracle Grow? We use it but was wondering if there is a more "natural" alternative OR a recipe to make a homemade version?
Rabbit manure can be applied without composting, just don't overdo it.The best fertilizers available and natural are horse poo, rabbit poo and chicken poo. Make sure when you compost the rabbit and chicken poo you put wire around it or else the raccoons will eat all the good stuff.
now this fall take all your leaves grass clippings normal waste and toss if on the garden. gate about 10 bails of hay. soread the straw hay and what not over the garden. cover the garden with plastic.Rabbit manure can be applied without composting, just don't overdo it.
Rabbits and chickens are perhaps the best livestock to have around.
My soil is about 70% clay... the gray stuff.
This year (actually started this last fall) we added the rabbit manure,
course lime, and stove ashes to the soil... It worked wonders, and my garden soil is no longer 70% clay.
Around here, the growing season is short. Our goal in the vegetable garden isn't necessarily to have drought resistant, deeply rooted plants. Our goal is to "push" the plants (usually with miracle gro) from May through August. Push them hard so you can get the produce out of them before the first killing frost. Believe me, they get their "fix" very regularly. The plant doesen't know the difference. You can over-do it though, and end up with 9 foot tall tomato plants with marble sized tomatoes!Miracle Gro makes plants grow amazingly well, but you're creating a drug addict when you use it. The plants get so much nutrition with so little effort, they don't grow an adequate root structure, so don't get nourishment they need unless you keep their "fix" coming regularly.
Much better to use mulch, compost, manures, etc. and spread it around and water some distance from the plant to encourage strong root grownth. That will tide the plant over when/if there's a dry spell or other "hard times" come for the plant.