Way back at the end of May I told you about some new organic fertilizer I was testing out in a few of my containers this summer. Well, it’s been just over two months so I wanted to give you an update on how things are going. I planted all of these pots on May 22nd, and took lots of side by side comparison photos as they grew.
If you missed my first post, then you should definitely check that out too… Organic Vegetable Fertilizer Made Easy. That has a lot more information about Dave’s Healthy Grow Organic Fertilizer and how I’m testing it in my gardens (and why organic fertilizers are MUCH better for the long term health of you and your gardens than the chemical stuff).
How To Use Healthy Grow Organic Fertilizer
The instructions say to fertilize established plants about once a month. I added the first dose of fertilizer into the planting hole when I first potted up the plants. For the second dose (and every dose from now on), I top dressed the plants and gently worked the fertilizer into the soil. It’s really easy to add the fertilizer, and keeping on a schedule is pretty easy too since it’s about once per month.
My Experience Using Healthy Grow Fertilizer
Here are some side by side comparisons of a few pots that I used for my testing. This first group of photos is pepper plants. Each pot has two pepper plants in it, and the plants are identical. The seedlings were the same size when I planted them (all from plants we grew from seed), and they were all potted up on the same day. The pot on the left is the one where I used Dave Thompson’s Healthy Grow fertilizer at planting time, and the one on the right didn’t get any of the Healthy Grow fertilizer. Here are the pots after about three weeks, you can easily see the difference…
The difference in growth between the plants I used Healthy Grow fertilizer on, and the plants I didn’t was apparent very quickly. As they grew, the difference became even more obvious. Here they are after five weeks…
As time went one, the fertilized plant started to grow peppers long before the unfertilized plant did. Here you can see how many more peppers are on the fertilized plants (pot on the left) versus the unfertilized plants (pot on the right).
Now that the plants are more mature (almost three months after planting), one of the types of pepper plants are getting to be about the same height (the taller ones) – but the pot on the left has way more (and larger) peppers. We’ve been harvesting off the plants on the left, but haven’t harvested from the plants on the right yet. Pretty cool to see the difference.
The comparison between my tomato plants is even more impressive. Almost every tomato I’ve harvested from the plant that I didn’t use fertilizer on has been cracked. Not one of the tomatoes from the fertilized plant has been cracked – now that is something I did not expect when I started testing Healthy Grow organic fertilizer. PLUS the tomatoes on the fertilized plant have almost all been larger than the ones on the unfertilized plant (photo below, tomato on the left is from the fertilized plant).
Again, I used identical plants for this experiment, and they were both potted up on the same day. The difference in the size and growth of the tomato plant I used Healthy Grow fertilizer on (pot on the left) and the one I didn’t (pot on the right) was easy to see right away. Here they are after three weeks…
The fertilized plant definitely grew bushier and taller much faster than the unfertilized plant, but the amount of foliage isn’t what I’m looking for. The proof is in the harvests! Here are the tomato plants after five weeks…
Now for the real test… I’ve been enjoying yummy garden fresh tomatoes off these plants for almost a month now, but the fertilized plant (on the left) has definitely been producing more. You can even see it in this photo…
I’ve been keeping track of both the weight and condition of the tomatoes as I harvest them off the plants. So far, I’ve harvested 19 oz of tomatoes from the fertilized plant (with no cracked fruit so far), and only 8oz from the unfertilized plant (and all but one of those was cracked). WOW, that’s over twice as much fruit! I haven’t noticed a difference in taste, but I haven’t done a side by side taste test on them yet (in fact, I never even thought to do that until just now). I will try to remember to do that after the next harvest.
I’ve been so happy with how well the plants I used Dave Thompson’s Healthy Grow organic fertilizer on are producing that I started using it on all of my other pots too (well, except for the “no fertilizer” test pots).
I know that it makes sense that a plant that has been fertilized would grow much better than a plant that isn’t fertilized… BUT remember, we are using organic fertilizer here! This is NOT the chemical stuff. I figured I would see a difference in the growth between the two plants, but this comparison has exceeded my expectations. Not only are the fertilized plants larger and taller, they are producing more food, and are healthier looking than the unfertilized plants.
Where can you find this organic fertilizer for sale?
You can find Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow organic fertilizer for sale at some retail locations, just click here to find a store near you. You can also purchase their products on Amazon…
- Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow Vegetable and Herb Fertilizer
- Dave Thompson’s Organic Tomato Fertilizer
I will continue to keep track of my harvests and later this fall I will give you a final report on how many pounds of tomatoes I got off each plant, and my final analysis of this fertilizer.
More Posts About Growing Your Own Food
- Organic Vegetable Fertilizer Made Easy
- Natural Pest Control Remedies For Your Garden
- How To Grow Peppers From Seed
- How to Build a Squash Arch
- Building Sturdy Tomato Cages