Cake: Feeding the trees
I feed organic; let them eat cake…and fish. For the last 6-7 years, my recipe has become simple and the results have become predictable. I check the forecast to look for a few sunny days…then it’s time to get stinky!
From the kitchen:
Foil, pan spray, gloves, flour
Cover some plywood boards with aluminum foil, and spray the foil with pan spray.
Add the 8-lb. bag of Plant-tone, 1/2 cup of flour, and 1/2 cup of micronutrients to the bucket. Add water and mix with a shovel until it is the consistency of oatmeal.
Press it out onto the greased foil so it’s 3/8″ or so thick (this is 2 bags of Plant-tone):
Let it set up for a couple hours, then cut into 1″ or so squares:
After a day or two, I turn them out into my soil-sifting screens and gently turn them for the next few days until they’re dry:
Then I store them dry in plastic tubs. This batch should last this season and next!
I use inorganic soil, and organic feed; I’ll apply approximately 1 cake for each 1.5-2″ of pot width (a 16″ pot gets 8-12 cakes) from April until October. Then, once a week I’ll hit everything with Neptune’s Harvest fish and seaweed, 2-3-1, mixing about 2 oz. per gallon. Stinky, but the trees go “The Distance”!