Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sweet garden pictures and a new fertilizer mix

It's been a strange winter. Lots of rain, plenty of warmth, and a plethora of great days to work outside.

Last night we got a hard freeze and it's still thawing out... but before that hit I took a few pictures in the garden. It's hard to believe how wonderfully everything is doing at this time of year... but we still have cabbages:


And even papaya... though they're probably cooked now. We'll see in a day or two what kind of damage they suffered. In this shot, they're still looking good on a nice rainy day:

 

I've even got a few irises blooming in the front garden:

 

And an amazing bed of salad greens. We fertilized them a couple of months ago with a mix of kelp meal, cottonseed meal, rock phosphate, lime and a pinch of borax and Epsom salts. As you can see, the plants are very happy with all the nutrition:

The cabbages got the same treatment. See the rich color of these leaves up close?
 

The exact mix I used is in this book.

Steve Solomon has an abundance of tantalizing insights, as usual. I highly recommend The Intelligent Gardener for a look at how micronutrients affect plants and human health.

The gardens have certainly enjoyed it... at least until last night.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It's going to freeze again tonight.

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4 Comments:

At January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM , Blogger Elizabeth Hart said...

I added this book to my wish list, but wanted to ask you if it's in layman's terms. I've gardened for years, but still feel much like a beginner. Can the average Joe comprehend and follow along with Mr. Solomon?

 
At January 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Yes, you can follow him. There's a bit of science in it, but it's really worth understanding... it will change the way you view the ground.

 
At January 8, 2014 at 6:02 AM , Blogger Elizabeth Hart said...

Thanks - I ordered it this morning.

 
At July 15, 2014 at 4:24 AM , Anonymous Ramirez said...

By applying fertilizer we can enhance the growth of plants as well as their productivity. If we practically think the relationship among fertilizer and plant. It is really effective and has a great value in our agriculture center. Mix fertilizer is the latest one which is rich in all plant needed materials. We also use this in our garden to get a better result.

 

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