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Fertilizer Strip
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:31:19 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, lonejack. This was originally posted on February 17, 2014.

I read somewhere, maybe here, that You can dump Your fertilizer into a woman's sock,
I use knee-highs, and tie a knot in the end.  All You have to do is lay the resulting noodle
over the top of Your box, either center or side and fill the box as You would if You dug
a trench and cover with soil.
This sure makes removing the old fertilizer strip when it is time to replant easier.  This way,
I am sure to remove all of the old fertilizer.  It used to bother me that I didn't get all of
the old spent granuals out.  After a few replantings, I could end up with a build-up of
salts.

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Re: Fertilizer Strip
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 09:33:00 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, movrshakr. This user is locaetd in Zone 10a - Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on February 17, 2014.

Several of us who have used the stockings (hosiery) container approach have come to the conclusion that sometimes they restrict the flow of nutrients to the detriment of the box performance--negatively affecting growth--and have moved away from it.

I agree that it is VERY convenient;  I liked that part of it.

People who have used tulle seem to be OK with it.
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Re: Fertilizer Strip
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2017, 09:35:12 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on February 17, 2014.

Tulle is a good way to go. Some folks with only a few boxes actually sew it into tubes. I prefer the easier method of simply rolling the fertilizer into a tulle tube and tying off the ends. The two thicknesses from rolling up is not enough to hamper box function since the mesh is fairly large compared to hosiery.

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Re: Fertilizer Strip
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2017, 09:36:43 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, ErwinBookerBou. This was originally posted on February 27, 2014.

As a home brewer on hiatus I was wondering if anyone has tried the grain steeping socks that the home brewer stores sell for steeping grains.  The weave and all would seem to be appropriate for granular fertilizer.

Actually..  what I was thinking of is the hops muslin bags.   The grain bags are a totally different thing.  So,  to me the muslin bag/socks look like a good alternative.  Something like:  http://www.amazon.com/Home-Brew-Ohio-Boiling-Bags-5/dp/B00BWS2VA6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_k_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=18013DT92MJXCFC6N54K

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Re: Fertilizer Strip
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2017, 09:38:11 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, cushman350. This was originally posted on February 28, 2014.

Water is able to travel through the media, to the fertilizer and be carried off because of it's uniformity of structure. Interrupt that capillary continuum with an irregularity and you are playing with fire for convenience. Tread lightly. There are too many variables as it is without adding them ourselves. Getting off my soapbox.

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Re: Fertilizer Strip
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2017, 09:40:18 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, movrshakr. This user is locaetd in Zone 10a - Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on February 28, 2014.

ErwinBookerBoute, we are always looking for new PROVEN tips from experienced EB'ers.  So, why don't you try one box with that material this season and report to us how it worked...

granting that a sample of one is not a great test, but it is better than zero.

Actually it should be two boxes, side by side and identical in every way except for the one having that fertilizer tube.

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Re: Fertilizer Strip
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2017, 09:41:46 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, ErwinBookerBou. This was originally posted on March 1, 2014.

I'll have to see if I have any hops socks left (why does that make me think of the '50's?).   If not,  I'll order a few on Amazon and give it a shot.  The weave is much larger than you'd have in nylon stockings and it's a cotton type fabric so it's absorbent.  In the end..  they may just kind of rot away considering the EB conditions under the cover.  But..  heck yeah,  I'll try anything once (except for trying to catch a bullet).