What's a good natural source...

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  1. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    ... of potassium for vegetable gardens?

    Thanks!

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    Sul-Po-Mag, 0-0-22. Or sulfate of potash, 0-0-52.

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    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks, Martin!

    Got your original reply in my email, and wondered at it.

    I found a bag of bone meal and two boxes of blood meal in the waaaaay back of the shed, and was looking for a source of K to go with the N&P.

    So I suppose I can find the suggested products at a garden store?

    Thanks again,

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  4. ginsengsally

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    Wood ash too. Be careful depending on what your pH is, though.
     
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    That's because my eyes were seeing potassium but the brain was thinking phosphorus!

    Yes, most of your nursery and gardening stores should probably at least have Sul-Po-Mag, 0-0-22. I can't honestly say that I've seen sulfate of potash, 0-0-52, since the second choice is usually muriate of potash, 0-0-60. Muriate of potash isn't considered organic despite the fact that the recovery process is identical to what is used for sulfur.

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    woodash....up to 5 gallons per 100 square feet
     
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    Mulched Banana skins?
     
  8. Pony

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    Great suggestions all around, thanks!

    Martin, I could only find the muriate of potash when I went to the local garden center -- but their focus is not organic. The package looked old and like it had been on the shelf for a couple of seasons, so I don't know if it is any good. There was no freshness date.

    As banana skins are plentiful here (got bananas on sale for 19 cents a pound), I think I will just bury them as is in the garden. I used to do that B.C. (Before Composting), and it worked quite well. :)

    There is also plenty of wood ash, but I am wondering if that would burn plants. Any idea, Meloc?

    THANKS AGAIN!!!

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    Muriate of potash doesn't have a shelf life. It will last forever but will cement itself into one solid chunk if allowed to get too wet and then dry. I'll often add about a cup for each compost tumbler batch. That's from a bag which is 4 or 5 years old. If applying 0-0-60, follow instructions and do not exceed by much. That's the "salt of the earth" and the earth doesn't need much of that seasoning!

    Martin