Growing Vegetables/gardening & pond


Use of blood & bone meal to vegetable garden. I have tomato,cucumber, zucchini,beans, beets, carrots,peas & green onion plants
Flowers I have geranium,pansy, for-get-me-not, hibicus

Want is your recommendation for watering of the above

I have a 90 gallon pond you recommend muriate of potash for feed for the water lettuce & water hyacinth


Hi Ron,

I use both blood meal and bone meal in my gardens.  The blood meal is an excellent source of nitrogen and the bone meal is great for phosphorus.  All the veggies you are growing will need both of these nutrients.  I put the blood meal and bone meal on my soil in the spring and lightly till it into the beds.  If you do not till your soil you and spade or hoe it into the ground.  You can also add a small amount into the soil before you do a second crop in the summer or fall.  

As for watering it depends a lot on your soil type and climate.  If it is really hot and the plants are small you may have to water some things every second day or so.  A good rule of thumb is give the plants an inch of water a week.  I recommend drip irrigation if you have a large garden or a hand wand if it is small.  You can also use a sprinkler except on the tomatoes, they do not like their leaves to get wet.  If you have a drip hose or sprinkler set a empty tuna can under it and see how long it takes to fill up, this is how long you will need to water every week.  If you are watering by hand try to water around the base of the plant, your can check the soil with your hand, it should be damp at least 3 inches deep in order to be affective for the plant roots. Usually with hand watering we do not give plants a deep enough soaking, so check the soil.

Unfortunately I do not know much about ponds so cannot give my recommend regarding what to feed your water plants.

I hope this helps, please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.


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I am confident I can answer any questions about planting, growing and harvesting vegetables and culinary herbs. I am very knowledgeable and experienced in garden site planning and design, propagating, soil preparation, transplanting, pest control, disease management, watering, fertilizing, and composting.


I have been growing vegetables organically since 1993 first in my small backyard, then moving to a 2 acre plot where I grew vegetables for sale at our local farmers market and through a CSA (community shared agriculture). I started a popular website in 2007 and have answered questions from all over the world through that site. I have 3 published Everything series books on gardening as well as several self published books for sale on my website.

I volunteer and assist teaching disabled adults how to grow their own vegetable gardens. I have set up raised bed gardens in the front yards of their group homes and the gardens help to feed the households. I am very involved in our local farming community and am the treasurer and a garden mentor for a local society called One Straw, which promotes organic and sustainable practices for growing local food. I am a board of director for a government committee that is involved in keeping our ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) safe.

I have 3 published Everything series books: The Everything Grow Your Own Vegetables Book published in 2010. The Everything Root Cellaring Book published in 2011. The Everything Small Space Gardening Book set to be published Jan 2012. I have 3 self published garden design books: Vegetable Garden Plans for your Raised Beds. Vegetable Garden Plans for Square Foot Gardening. Vegetable Garden Plans for Row Gardening. I have a self published book on soil building: Why is Soil so Important? Tips on Amending and Fertilizing I also publish a yearly journal promoting garden planning and planting by the moon cycles. The current one is called "My 2012 Vegetable Garden Journal" I write articles that are published at EzineArticles.

I teach gardening classes on propagating, pest and disease management, and soil fertility at our local community center. My education came from my mother, mentors, and growing my own gardens.

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