Extreme Gardening

The popular pastime of growing “super sized” fruits and vegetables has grown into a popular hobby. It started with giant pumpkins and now includes tomatoes, melons, squashes, strawberries, and other produce that growers like to show at local farmer markets, and county fairs. Since our appearance in Don Langevin’s books, we have enjoyed hearing from our customers about growing these extreme crops. Here are a few suggestions that we would like to share.

SEED GERMINATION IN STARTING TRAYS:
Start your seed under lights using Age Old Starting Soil Mix. Keep soil moist, by constantly feeding Age Old Liquid Bloom at the rate of 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water. Mix with Age Old HELP at the rate of 1 teaspoon per gallon of water.

PRIOR TO FIELD PLANTING:
Prior to planting, it is recommended to have your soil tested. Based on soil tests, work into top 6 inches, either Age Old Grow Formula or Age Old In Full Bloom. For poor soils, amend the soil prior to planting with using Age Old Kelp Meal and Age Old Earthworm Castings. For soils low in phosphate, add Age Old Bulbs and Perennials. Apply a soil drench application of Humic 12 at the rate of 1 quart in sufficient water to thoroughly wet the soil to a depth of at least 2 inches to 1,000 square feet of ground. This will help improve the texture of the soil, help build the biological activity of the soil and help release nutrients that are tied-up in the soil.

FIELD TRANSPLANTS:
To reduce transplant shock add 1 teaspoon of Age Old Root Rally to transplant hole mixing with soil, and plant. Water in the transplant with 1 teaspoon of Age Old Liquid Kelp. Set a feeding schedule of 2 to 4 teaspoons per gallon of water, every 7 to 14 days with Age Old Liquid Bloom alternating feeding with Age Old Fish and Seaweed.

PRIOR TO FRIUT SET:
Side dress plants with 1/2 cup Age Old Dry Fruit. Work into soil around base of plants. Water in application with 2 teaspoons of Age Old HELP in a gallon of water. Continue foliar feeding program using Age Old Liquid Grow or Age Old Fish and Seaweed. Set feeding schedule based on an application of every 7 to 14 days as part of the regular watering program.

MID-SEASON:
Side dress plants with 1/2 cup Age Old Dry Fruit. Work into soil around base of plants. Water in application with 2 teaspoons of Age Old HELP in a gallon of water. Continue foliar feeding using Age Old Liquid Grow, and/or Age Old Fish and Seaweed. Apply every 7 to 14 days as part of the regular watering program.

SPECIAL ADDITIONAL TREATMENTS:
Apply a soil drench application of Humic 12 at the rate of 1 quart in sufficient water to thoroughly wet the soil to a depth of at least 2 inches to 1,000 square feet of ground. This will help improve the texture of the soil, help build the biological activity of the soil and help release nutrients that are tied-up in the soil. Apply Ca-Libur 20 as a foliar spray to fruiting plants to help protect them from sun damage, and as a deterrent for crawling egg laying pests. The calcium in Ca-Libur 20 helps keep calcium levels high in both plants and soil offering additional protection against damage, while improving stem and cell wall strength. DEPENDING ON THE LENGTH OF YOUR SEASON, IT IS BEST TO SCHEDULE AT LEAST TWO OF THESE TREATMENTS DURING THE GROWING YEAR.


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