Starting a veggie/fruit garden need help!?

cameron asks: Starting a veggie/fruit garden need help!?
I’ve decided to start a veggie and fruit garden indoors (in pots/containers) and have a couple questions. Every thing I have read as shown that you should get organic potting mix to fill up the container. I have already started a compost and it should be ready in 1-2 more weeks. When do I add the compost, in the beginning or every once and while? Also does compost take place of fertilizer or do i still need to fertilize? Do I need to change the soil when it becomes depleted of nutrients or just add/replace more compost/fertilizer? Any other advice would be welcomed and appreciated thanks in advanced!!! Oh yeah i’m thinking of growing, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and maybe cucumber with berries and some herbs!!

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Answer by Mr.Waffle
Change the soil and water the plants.

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  1. Compost will take the place of fertilizer. Best bet for you is to get a soilt test kit. Get a good one. If your starting out with an organic soil mix don’t start adding thing to it. Let the plant be your guide.

  2. Compost mixed with a good organic soil is the best combination. Compost is an all natural fertilizer. It won’t be necessary to add any other fertilizer if you put about 1/3 of the mix as compost. However, I put a sprinkle of time release fertilizer as a boost. You can use the mix over and over. Just add a little compost every time. Pot cultivation needs a faithful watering schedule and make sure your plants gets plenty of sunshine. Be conservative in using fertilizer. Too much is not a good thing. Good luck with your enterprise.

  3. Look for natural and organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers, such as the use of compost. Natural fertilizers, compost and organic materials encourage native earthworms. The soil’s organic matter contributes to good soil structure, and water-holding capacity. Improve the soil with organic matter and fertilizers to develop the best soil for growing seeds and plants.

    Organic Gardening Tips – http://www.organic-items.com/growing-organic-products.htm

    Your main concern when organic gardening is soil health. You want your little ecosystem to be as strong and healthy as possible to support the plants you’re growing and the beneficial microorganisms within the soil that depend upon your plant’s byproducts for nourishment. As you know, these elements work symbiotically to create the best environment for all to survive. Most gardeners begin with a test kit that will provide a detailed analysis of the nutrients present, as well as the acidic or alkaline reading and the drainage level.

    More on Organic Gardening – http://www.perennial-gardens.com/flower-articles/organic-gardening.htm

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