Organic Nutrients to put in Dutch Bucket System

Organic.Gardening(7)April 8, 2013

Ok, I've officially given up after 100+ hours researching organic water soluble nutrients. I'll buy what the first semi intelligent person on here tells me to.

Heres my criteria and what I'm working with.
* its for a Dutch Bucket reservoir
* need organic products
* need water soluble
* will be growing mainly tomatoes
* will be expanding to other veggies after I figure out what I'm doing
* Live in piedmont region of NC (basically Charlotte NC area)

I know there are pre made products out there, but there are so many and its hard to know what's in them so I don't know what to buy. Don't mind making my own, i'm just tired of looking and hoping one of you professionals will just tell me what to do.

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Southern Ag makes a water soluble 05-11-26 that you add CaN and epson salt to make solutions for water. It comes in a 25lb bag. Easy to use and it has the directions on the bag on what to mix. Should be able to find at most any farm store (CO-OP here carries it).

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 9:51PM
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Also SouthernAG has a distribution center in Hendersonville so you could drive up there and save on shipping charges. If you don't want to make the hour or so commute, go to a landscape supplier and buy it from them. My bag was $35 vs $25, I believe (been a few years) and they can sell you the calcium nitrate you need too (water soluble/greenhouse grade)
BTW, I live just south of Greensboro, so I can relate to your weather.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 3:14PM
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Get the 5-11-26 and CaN and Epsom, works great and you will save lots of money!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 8:25PM
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Hey OrganicGardening,
I understand your pain in scouring the Internet for information on organic nutrients in hydroponics because there isn't much info on it and that isn't by accident. Hydroponics and organics don't mix well at all. Many hydroponics growers have a lot of problems with bacteria bubbling and foaming up in the reservoir causing root rot and the like. I wouldn't recommend organic products in hydro at all. However if you really want to do hydro a good brand is Fox Farm. It's pricey but extremely good for hydro. If you want to stick to organics I recommend General Organics GO box which is a line of organic nutrients only meant for soil use. Hope any of this helps.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 11:35AM
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The "Earth Juice" line of products might work for you. You would probably want to filter out any clumps before you add it, though. They are organic nutes, but be prepared to be grossed out if you read the ingredients list; there's a lot of dead animal parts in it.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 1:19PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

"organic" nutes in hydro sounds like crazy talk to me. but then a fool and his money are soon parted.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 11:25AM
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