Any of you out there, whether on purpose or by chance?
I have been searching for recipes and feeding schedules from anyone who does.
I'm staring at the down to earth catalog, but I am too much of a greenhorn horticulturist to pretend to know mixing and application rates for dry ferts. They do sell a Vegan mix 3-2-2, but I can't tell if it's a "x amount per gallon" kind of feed, and 3-2-2 doesn't seem like a "use in both veg and flower" ratio..
any suggestions, or tried and used recipes?
Depending on what definition one uses for the term 'vegetarian' growing strictly vegan is somewhat more of a challenge. Meaning that if you're okay with organic fish meal (nitrogen) and organic fish bone meal (phosphorus) then things are pretty straight forward.
The vegan product from DTE is fine but you could probably do better mixing your own seed meal.
From DTE you could, for example, buy (all are organic and non-GMO varieties) alfalfa meal, soybean meal, linseed meal, canola meal and sunflower meal. Mix all of these in equal amounts (they run 6 lbs. per box).
So we'll use '6 lbs.' as one unit for the sake of mixing your seed meal.
Add 2 lbs. of kelp meal to the total mix. Add 1 lb. of neem seed meal.
This is now your 'seed meal mix' and you will want to add 1.5 cups to 5 gallons of soil. 1 c.f. of soil is approximately 7.5 gallons so if you're mixing 1 c.f. of soil at a time you'd want to adjust the amounts.
Now you'll need some minerals and again I believe that diversity is the key here. Buy a box of Azomite, soft rock phosophate, glacial rock dust, etc. and mix.
To 5 gallons of soil mix you'll want to add 2 cups of your mineral mix.
For feeding you can use the seed meals along with some kelp meal to make a tea that you will want to apply about once per week (or about once every 3 waterings).
Back to the fish products - if you're okay with using these types of products then you would want to add 6 lbs. of organic fish meal and 6 lbs. of fish bone meal to your seed mix. I would also strongly suggest the addition of crab meal for its chitlin properties to prevent gnats and other insects in your soil mixes.
Edited by LumperDawgz, 28 February 2010 - 05:53 AM.