This year I am testing a bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer. This is a natural fertilizer that provides not only phosphorus but calcium. Calcium helps avoid blossom end rot that can ruin a tomato.
Update: I’m sure noone has read or followed the wet instructions… but if you’ve just come across this… DON’T DO IT. I thought a novel way to keep the highly attractive smelling fertilizer from the pup was to encapsulate it in water the feed via a self-water system. Uh no. It makes the stuff even STINKIER, attracts flys and then you get maggots. Then your dog eats the maggots, the plastic waterer and nasty smelling fertilizer. If you have pups you may want to follow the wet directions**. **Note these are not the product directions found on the bag but what I have found to be useful to keep my pup from eating the natural bone meal found in the product.
General Directions: When preparing a new planting bed or container, apply fertilizer up to one week prior to planting. Evenly mix the pelleted bone meal with soil before setting plants, then water them well. For established plants, scatter the pellets evenly over the soil as directed below. After putting fertilizer down, mix it lightly in with water. Be careful not to damage roots. Always water plants and soil of plants. Fungal mycelium may develop naturally on the soil surface. This is normal and may promote fertilizer breakdown and nutrient release.
New planting: Add 3/4 cups per plant when planting.
Established: 1/2 cup per 10 ft row or 3/4 cup per 10 square feet of bed. Example: 4×4 raised bed with all tomatoes will need just over 1 and 3/8s cup spread evenly over the ground. Water in well. Repeat every 6 weeks during growing season.
WET DIRECTIONS: Fertilize weekly by adding two tablespoons per 2 liter bottle. Let fertilizer break down, use self watering cones to water the plant. Note there may be fertilizer residue after first use. Just fill the bottle again and let drain. Change watering location each week to give coverage to all roots and not over feed.
Self-watering cones are attached to any standard plastic beverage container. I most commonly use a 2 liter used soda bottle with cones that have seep holes you punch out depending on soil type and use.
For fertilizing I punch out ALL the holes to allow the fertilizer to be distributed throughout the soil.
Note: You should change out the bottles at least twice a season.
Today: The poppies from seed bloomed! Look at this beauty: