Two gardens, amazing difference
I claimed a little half-plot in our community garden at work. They've been composting (three bins), growing things in the beds, and finally decided to give employees a chance to garden there. Well. I planted some sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, some serrano chiles, nasturtiums, and a row of jerusalem artichokes. They have a great volunteer there and he and the grounds crew supervisor know a lot about gardening. I split the starts I got between home and woirk. The work garden plants were pretty puny for about a month. I kept on using Eleanor's VF-11 as a foliar spray, once a week, and at the beginning, the home tomatoes grew faster and threw out tomatoes faster. However, after it warmed up, I noticed that my work garden plants had blown up and looked superior to the ones, athome, which had begun bearing earlier. I think that using the VF11 is the reason my tomatoes at work stripped out the ones at home. It's easy to put some vf11 in a foliar sprayer, go to the garden, fil it with water, and spray them, I'm pretty sure that the VF11 is the key to my work garden's incredible growth. They were the puniest for a few weeks. I've heard that VF11 is deficient in an ingredient, but I would have to say that in the crappy Arizona soil, VF11 is an amazing addition to one's fertilizing repertoire.
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Have you ever tried plasticulture? If not, you may want to give it a shot. With plasticulture you will double or triple your yields as well as have an earlier harvest all while using less than half the water, half the fertilizer, less disease from soil that splashes up on the leaves of the plants, less than half the work (no more weeding) (no more watering if you use a water timer), and less money.
Now that I've been doing plasticulture every year for four years and have experienced the amazing results, I will never go back to the traditional home gardening method. I say home gardening method because farmers and commercial growers have been using plasticulture for ages, but, for some reason, it just hasn't caught on in home gardens yet. I hope it does.
Plasticulture is the use of plastic mulch (ultra-thin black or white plastic) in conjunction with a drip irrigation system. It is very cheap to buy everything you'd need and very easy to set up yet the results are simply incredible.
I read where you posted that you've already planted your garden for this summer so, unfortunately, it's too late for plasticulture now. Yes, it's possible, but I'd say just look to future plantings to do with plasticulture.
I'm very sorry, but the soonest I'll be able to explain, step-by-step, how to set up your garden using plasticulture will be early next week. If you're interested in this detailed information, I'm happy to share it with you. If you're not, just let me know. It won't bother me.