Hi all. Well, it took a while but I read this entire thread and am currently attempting my first organic soil grow.
First I wanna say thank you to everyone who contributes here because it is truly an awesome resource of knowledge.
My question is about my seedlings. I currently have 20 seedlings in plastic beer cups in basic mix; they are about 2 weeks old and ~2-3" tall, on their second set of real leaves, growing under a 315 CHM. In the last day or two the leaves have gotten lighter green in color and the cotyledon leaves are yellowing, so clearly they need some food. Now I have the rest of the soil mix with blood, bone, etc. sitting since I germed the seeds two weeks ago, so it should be more or less ready for up-potting, but my issue is that I don't really want to transplant them yet, as I only have space for 8-10 larger pots, so I would like them to veg longer in the beer cups, so I can make a better determination of which are male/female/keepers (half the seedlings are C99, which always shows sex by the 5th or 6th node.) Plus I accidentally knocked over a cup yesterday and it seemed like there was room for a good amount more root development in there. Also I don't have larger pots yet, lol.
So basically I figure I should feed my seedlings a tea to get them some nutrients. I know that blood meal can be made into a tea, but I can't seem to find the proper amount to use in this circumstance. My semi-educated guess would be start at like 1 teaspoon/gallon or maybe even 1/2 tsp? The blood meal is 12-0-0. I also have Dr. Earth Organic 4-6-3 fertilizer, which I have incorporated into the cooking soil mix, and can be made into a tea as well, and Neptune's Harvest 0-0-1 Liquid Seaweed. I could not find plain kelp meal when I was building my mix, so I got the Dr. Earth (which has kelp meal & kelp flour in it) and Neptune's as K replacements. And yes I am fully aware that I have deviated from the recipe and thus am now experimenting, and I accept the responsibility/consequences lol.
So obviously the primary need for my seedlings right now is nitrogen, but for general veg growth we want some P and K also, so I'm thinking of using a little blood, a little Dr. Earth, and a squirt of Neptune's, along with a pinch of molasses. As far as I can tell, blood meal doesn't need a 24hr bubbling/steeping period, correct? Just needs to be well-dissolved in water? The Dr. Earth however contains a bunch of microbes as well, and the package directs a 24hr setting period for use as a tea. So should I add the blood meal to the Dr. Earth tea at the beginning, or just Dr. Earth plus molasses for 24hrs, then add blood and seaweed, shake well and apply?
Curious if anyone here has ever used this product before? It looks to have a lot of good stuff in it, and actually smells kind of delicious, like an exotic tea.
Thanks in advance for any advice!