Planting by the Moon Dates! Farmers’ Almanac
It’s time to feed the plants you planted in March and April! That’s a little manure or compost sprinkled around, raked in, or foliar feeding some compost tea laced with fish emulsion/kelp mix! Yum. Maxicrop works wonders! Your strawberries will like fish/kelp every two weeks to keep producing lots of big juicy berries! Well-rotted manure or compost are also good ways to fertilize your broccoli, especially after you cut the main head off and are wanting lots of those little side shoots for your salads! Just before, or when your plants start flowering, give them some Seabird Guano to increase flowering and the number of flowers! More flowers, more fruit!
Any nursery will have the fish/kelp, manures, compost. If you are using bag compost, look for the best that is plant tasty! The best has worm castings, mycorrhiza fungi, bat guano, gypsum, kelp meal, oyster shell, lime & dolomite limes (pH adjusters).
Compost tea is easy to make, just fill a container 1/3 full of compost, put that compost in a net type bag or cloth, and put it back in your container. Add water, let stand even only 24 hours, or 2 to 7 days, stirring every day. This will give you a potent mix. Dilute it 10:1 parts water:compost tea. You can put your mix in a sprinkler can, preferably one that has a nozzle that swivels up, so you can foliar feed under the leaves as well as the top. When you apply your tea, there’s no reason why you can’t pop in some fish/kelp mix as well!
Peppers like sulfur! Easy to do! Buy some Epsom Salts at the grocery store, mix a tablespoon/watering can, foliar feed! Foliar feeding is simply sprinkling leaves with your solutions. Get one of those Dramm 5 liter long spouted watering cans that has a long spout and a turnable sprinkler head. That long spout comes in handy, reaching well into your plant! Turn the head so the water shoots up under the leaves then falls back on the tops! The long arc of the handle gives lots of maneuvering ability! Feed them once when they bloom and again ten days later. The results, attributed to magnesium in the salts, are larger plants, more flowers, more fruit! I use this mix on all my Solanaceaes: eggplant, pepper, tomato, tomatillo, and roses!