Thelma McGowan wrote:
Just becasue it is called miracle grow....does not mean it really is a miracle. I learned that this year with my tomatoe starts.
I have never had as good of luck as i did with worm castings and compost tea.
I did not get too fancy.....we have a pile about 2 years old that we toss the grass clippings on. at the bottom of the pile and near the edges I discovered this last spring that it was crawing with worms...just where the grass was turning to soil. I made a tea with a shovel full of this composted earth (and a few worms that I could not get out of the dirt :0( ) The compost teas had superior effect on my seedlings. They were greener, stouter, had beter roots.
I think that even marginally worming dirt has more miracle in it than the advertised Miracle Grow! Most Of my garden budget was going to miracle grow...that stuff is really expensive! Don't belive the hype....nearly false advertising!
After My experience, this summer I set some of my kitchen scraps asside for a small worm bin and now I have awsome compost with worms galore making their castings......of course I do not know why I did that since the product is currently being made under my Grass clippings.
This isn't really an answer to your question. When transplanting I've found that the plants do much better if I put a white 5 gal bucket over the plants for a couple weeks. Remove the bucket for a little longer each day to lessen shock of the full intensity of the sun.
The bucket protects from the sun and helps keep the moisture near the transplants. (If the weather is cool a black bucket works good.)
As for a substitute for miracle gro, I suppose a green tea or aged manure tea, might work - anything that will provide N,K,P should replace miracle gro.
Leila Rich wrote:
I think Hubert's comment re the water is important.
Is it hot where you are?
I find transplants really struggle if they get hit by direct sun within about 12 hrs. I try to transplant after the sun's gone down or when the weather's reliably overcast.
And I give them a really good water when I plant.
We don't have miracle gro here (in fact, that's the first time I've typed it ), I don't have a worm farm and I do plenty of successful transplanting, so I'd look at cultural issues first.