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Old 05-12-2018, 12:37 PM
 
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What's happened in the garden fertilizer market these days. I finally have a decent patch of soil, after years of container growing only, yet all I can find is Epsoma organic products - very expensive for what you get, and very slow acting, more like a soil amendment. The other choice seems to be small boxes of miracle grow, a quick acting, totally soluble "quick green up" type product, that you can only get in smaller package sizes.

Some years back, I used to be able to get pelletized balanced fertilizer, with slow release nitrogen, but that seems to have disappeared from the market except for lawn fertilizer.

Anyone know what gives? I'm looking for bulk 20+ pound bags of something more than Epsoma's 3-3-3 or so stuff. More like 10-10-10 or better.
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Old 05-13-2018, 03:22 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Preen comes in a 16# bucket, and I think it's slow release for three months.
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Old 05-13-2018, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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is there a Tractor Supply near you?..you can get big bags of 10 10 10 there..
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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Thought Preen(tm) was a pre-emergent?

Yes, went to Tractor Supply yesterday. Out of 10-10-10 but found a bag of pasture blend that I can use in my garden and on my lawn. Yes, TS seems to be the place! Thanks.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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I've been using this with pretty good success. 8-8-8 sprinkled around seems to help the plants out. I also add in some MG Garden Soil bags and till in each year to successively build the bed.

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Old 05-14-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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8-8-8 would help plants out of course, but with a big garden like mine, that size bag, for which I'm sure you paid a pretty penny, isn't much, unfortunately. Maybe a pallet of it.....

Wonder what "protein technology" is? Any organic material is derived from proteins (and nucleic acids and lipids that make up cells)
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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What about the ones that use a hose end sprayer? Get a lot of miles out of one bottle.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:07 AM
 
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Those fast dissolve fertilizers for hose end sprayers are good for quick green up, since the nitrogen is available immediately, but you need to use them frequently, every week or two, for decent results. Over the course of a season, that's a lot of fertilizer.

My favorites are those dry fertilizers with pelleted, slow release nitrogen, similar to the better lawn fertilizers.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:29 PM
 
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8-8-8 would help plants out of course, but with a big garden like mine, that size bag, for which I'm sure you paid a pretty penny, isn't much, unfortunately. Maybe a pallet of it.....

Wonder what "protein technology" is? Any organic material is derived from proteins (and nucleic acids and lipids that make up cells)
Yeah I work a 10x20 area so not large but it's really not expensive under $10 for the bag.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:50 PM
 
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I have two beds total about 10x what you have. Sigh.
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