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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just About 10,000 Subscribers On My YouTube Gardening Channel: Help Please...

Just About 10,000 Subscribers On My YouTube 
Gardening Channel: Help Please...

I have had my YouTube Channel for a couple of years and today I am approaching 10,000 visitors. I could use a little help in breaking 10K and starting me on my way to 20,000 visitors by the end of next year. If you have a chance to subscribe or could forward my channel I would be deeply thankful.

Gardening is a passion and my whole path started with an answer to a question I have been posting. The answer to who influenced me to discover gardening was my grandfather.

My YouTube Channel: The Rusted Garden

I was in second grade. My grandfather would come over every year with tomatoes and some seeds and plant a garden. I would always help. My 2nd or 3rd grade science project was pictures of seeds and what they grew into (shot with a Polaroid). Dang I am old.

He use to open his coffee can and throw some white powdery stuff into the tomato planting hole and always say "It sweetens the soil." Those memories keep him alive. They are always with me.

I remember some kids laughed at my science project. Not meanly but they just didn't get it. I still am amazed at what a single seed can create. A magic. I would grow stuff as a kid but it wasn't until about 15 years ago, I really took over my grandfathers roll. Now gardening is a passion and way of life.

That is why I like sharing it with everyone that will humor me. It is the passion that keeps the video camera rolling in the garden. I just really enjoy it...Thanks!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Organic Fish Emulsion and Bone Meal for Your Vegetable Garden: Slow Release & Fast Acting Fertilizers

Organic Fish Emulsion and Bone Meal for Your Vegetable Garden: 
Slow Release & Fast Acting Fertilizers

Fish Emulsion and Bone Meal are organic fertilizers for gardens. They each have a specific use and it is important to understand when to use them. All fertilizers, synthetic or organic, can be slow release, fast acting, water soluble, water insoluble and they have different amounts of the main macro-nutrients; Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. These nutrients are rated as NPK on fertilizers. Fertilizers can also have micro-nutrients, vitamins, enzymes and other things. All geared for specific use in your gardens.

Fish emulsion is used to add nitrogen to your garden soils.  Nitrogen keeps your plant leaves green and growing. It is water soluble and fast acting. It comes in a liquid form and is mixed in a gallon of water. You use this product about every 2-3 weeks in your garden. It is a great product for feeding container vegetables. This video details the aspects of fish emulsion and explains how to use it in your garden.

Bone meal is derived from animal bones. The bones are steamed and crushed. Bone meal is used primarily for raising the phosphorous levels of your garden soils. Phosphorous helps plant root systems develop. It is a slow release fertilizer and should only be used about once a growing season. It is best used at the time of planting and it will slowly release phosphorous into the ground for the vegetable plants to use. It is not soluble in water and it is sprinkled into the soil. It may also have some percentage of nitrogen in it based on what type of animal bones are used.  It does not have potassium. It is also a good source of calcium which can help plants like tomatoes manage blossom end-rot. The video details the use of bone meal in your garden.

These organic fertilizers add different nutrients to soils. They are used in different ways as one is fast acting and water soluble and the other is insoluble in water and it slowly releases nutrients over a growing season. Every product, synthetic and organic, has a use. It is important to understand how and when to use any garden product. It is also important to understand the risks and benefits.

Good Luck in Your Garden!

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