Question From: Stafford, Connecticut, United States
Q: Please what is the sulfur percentage in granular sulfate of potash the type they sell at kelp4less! How much to apply to my 9 individual 3'by '8 raised beds! I hear that it helps with drought & desease resistance and assists greatly with root crops and substantiates a good root system in all the other plants aswell & is good for setting and maintaining blossoms and fruit is this all true!I am poor so I can only afford a small amount of items so I will not be getting the sol po mag cause I think I can get all the sulfur I need in the above plus I can add a little dolomite lime for the magnesium I already have plus once in awhile so it does not damage the friendly bacteria and helpful worms add a small amount of epsom salt with water and a little in bottom of hole when planting!Please when you answer take into consideration I have a large hedge of comfrey growing I will be blanket mulching my raised beds with before winter sets in so it turns into compost type of material right on top of the bed along with some raw cow manure from a farmer friend of mine before winter sets in as well with grass clippings and leaves that I ground up with my lawn mower !please give input my root crops beets especially did bad this year and carrots 2nd worst never had that problem before plus tomatoes were and slow to ripen this year especially slow plus I will take my gallon and 1/2 egg shells and food process them and spread them in my riased beds that are 3'by 8'!Please how much granular sulfate of potash do I add per 3'by 8'raised intensified beds that I companion crop all of them plus how much of those other items should I winter blanket mulch my intensified beds companion with that I always eventually companion crop everything!You assistance is GREAT APRECIATED GOD BLESS YOU & THANK YOU;Sincerely Georgie
Georgie, I am not professionally trained to give you that information. You must begin with a soil test to determine the needs of your particular soil. Too much can damage your crops. Cold weather slowed the ripening of tomatoes. Comfrey is excellent for use as mulch mixed with leaves - it adds potassium, so you may have an excess in your soil if you add sol-po-mag every year. Another reason for a soil test. Beets do not like acidic soil and that may be an issue. Check with your country extension for a testing lab. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.
Q: thaks for kind of answering my questsion very much!Please let me apologize and rephrase the question cause my primary info I wanted was what is the percentage of the sulfur and the potassium in (GRANULAR SULFATE OF POTASH) can you atleast answer that! aND THANKS i APPRECIATE YOUR PREVIOUS ANSWER AND WARNINGS AND WILL TAKE HEADE TO YOUR ADVISE !BUT PLEASE TELL ME THE % OF SULFUR AND POTASH IN (GRANULAR SULFATE OF POTASH!YOUR ANSWER AND HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!GOD BLESS AND THANKS VERY MUCH
Sorry Georgie, I cannot answer your question. I am not familiar with these products. When I have a question about contents I go to the manufacturer. Why not ask the folks at Kelp4less? Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy
Q: SORRY ITS ME AGAIN I FORGOT TO TELL YOU I NEVER DID ADD OR EVEN BUY SUL PO MAG TO MY SOIL AND LAST YEAR AND THE YEAR BEFORE WERE THE ONLY YEARS I ADDED ALOT OF GROUND UP COMPHREY TO THE SOIL AND USE SLIGHTY FOR MULCH AND HAD FANTASTIC RESULTS I ALSO SLIGHTLY FERTILIZED WITH ESPOMA FLOWER&TOMATO TONE ALONG WITH THIS !!THIS YEAR i DID NOT MULCH OR ADD COMPRHREY BUT IT HAD WINTERED OVER AND ROTTED INTO THE SOIL I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE BRADICAL CHANGE FOR THE WORSE BUT THEN AGAIN WE HAD A BAD 1 MONTH RAIN SPELL WITH LOTS OF HUMIDITY NEAR A SWAMP
Georgie, I believe the weather is the culprit. Here in Michigan we have had the worst growing season for tomatoes on record. A cold wet spring that continued on through the summer. Tomatoes set little fruit as a result of cold nights and what did is not ripening. I am only harvesting the small 4th of Julys in my garden now. Larger tomatoes are just sitting. No amount of fertilizer or amendments will make up for lack of sun and cold weather, or hot weather. Best Nancy