Went to a lesson in Ellenton yesterday. After several failed attempts, this
is what I brought out of it.
The potting soil they use is very light: peat moss ,sphagnum moss and a lot
of vermiculite and perlite. The medium also has a wetting agent.
The fertilizer they use is 6-8-10 with minor elements as well
The dolomite they use (for every plant type) also has minor elements.
Fill reservoir up with water.
Potting soil is poured in to three quarters full, the corners packed and
rest patted very lightly and watered.
The box is then filled.
Dolomite (2 cups) is sprinkled;ed on top and blended in to top inch or so
Put a slight mound in the center. This is where the salts go to . Salts rise
in the medium.
A furrow is dug by scraping four fingers in a line across medium. Fertilizer
(2 cups) is placed in furrow and then covered over with medium.
For 2 tomatoes, furrow is dug opposite wicking pints, where reservoir inlet
is. For mixed plantings i.e. one tomato and several peppers, furrow is dug
in middle, but when approaching tomatoes make 45 degree turn towards corner,
away from tomato, so tomatoes large root bass doesn't get burned.
The medium is wetted again and then cover put on and box is ready for
planting. Water plants initially using water and soluble fertilizer.
For future plantings: remove root ball; scrape fert out of box with trowel
(or initially lay fert in using a panty hose); cut remainder roots with
pruning saw and mix up soil. Use only one cup of dolomite for each
The same method is used on farms with plastic etc, but on flat ground i.e.
in the fields.
One reason for lots of flowers, but lack of fruit on tomatoes is not enough
All their boxes were hooked up a drip irrigation system for filling
reservoir. Don't let box go dry.
Conserve Naturalyte is good for leaf miner.