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Post  Gord 3/15/2020, 7:19 pm

How is it that Mels mix is alright for onions, when in the late summer they require less fertilizer? With 1/3 compost ! Strong in fertilizer 601593  Thanks Gord .
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Post  OhioGardener 3/15/2020, 7:33 pm

Gord wrote:How is it that Mels mix is alright for onions, when in the late summer they require less fertilizer? With 1/3 compost ! Strong in fertilizer 601593  Thanks Gord .

When using natural nutrients, such as compost, and when there is an active soil food web, the plants take up only the nutrients they need at the time they need it.  If chemical fertilizers are used, it is easy to force plants to take nutrients they don't need, such a nitrogen, at the wrong times.

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Post  Gord 3/15/2020, 7:43 pm

OhioGardener wrote:
Gord wrote:How is it that Mels mix is alright for onions, when in the late summer they require less fertilizer? With 1/3 compost ! Strong in fertilizer 601593  Thanks Gord .

When using natural nutrients, such as compost, and when there is an active soil food web, the plants take up only the nutrients they need at the time they need it.  If chemical fertilizers are used, it is easy to force plants to take nutrients they don't need, such a nitrogen, at the wrong times.
Does this mean that Mels mix is an active soil food web ?
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Post  OhioGardener 3/15/2020, 8:07 pm

Gord wrote:Does this mean that Mels mix is an active soil food web ?

Yes, it will create it. Compost is full of microbes, microbes which feed on organic matter to create plant-available nutrients. Plants root exudates containing sugars, amino acids, organic acids, enzymes, and other substance, then feed the soil food web.

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Post  Gord 3/15/2020, 8:21 pm

OhioGardener wrote:
Gord wrote:Does this mean that Mels mix is an active soil food web ?

Yes, it will create it. Compost is full of microbes, microbes which feed on organic matter to create plant-available nutrients. Plants root exudates containing sugars, amino acids, organic acids, enzymes, and other substance, then feed the soil food web.
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Post  sanderson 3/18/2020, 5:31 pm

OG, Thank you for your excellent explanation.

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