Grower’s Secret Grow Big 521, even over fertilized, could do no wrong with tomatoes
However, over fertilization with Beastie Bloomz burned an MJ plant into oblivion
Next season benefits from learned lessons:
High quality, healthy strains: I made the mistake of going with what the nursery had available on the pick up date. I want to personally hand-select each plant to ensure it’s vibrant and healthy, even if that means setting an appointment weeks in advance. The examples I had were picked up by a friend who had access to a motor vehicle to ensure safe transport. However, the plants already exhibited mold and the grow seemed shaky from the start.
20 Gallon Smart Pots: soft-sided aeration improving drainage and preventing overheating on hot days. The plastic pots dried out the soil medium fast, and were hot to the touch on summer days that exceeded 80 degrees.
FoxFarm Ocean Forest Potting Soil: fish, crab, shrimp, oyster shell, earthworm castings, bat guano. Reported as one of the best potting soils. Old school growers and organic types prefer to not add any fertilizer to the soil medium, starting from the beginning with a ph balanced 6.3-6.8 and pre-fertilized soil base is beneficial, even at the additional start-up cost.
Fertilizing Schedule: Easy on the serving size, less is more. And if over fertilizing traits are exhibited, begin immediate flushing with water running through the soil, let dry, and repeat.