I don’t want nutrition to be the issue in the cellar garden experiment, so I’ll be adding fertilizer from time to time. Since I don’t know anything about fertilizer, I asked the woman down at the local greenhouse to recommend one and she suggested Tomato-tone by Espoma.
The instructions say you should place a 1 cup line down each side of a five foot row of plants or in pots use 3 tablespoons for each plant. It also says it should be kept at least three inches away from the plant stems. I’m a little nervous about burning the plant stems and roots, especially in the densely packed pots. So, even though 3 tablespoons per plant rule would work out to one and an eighth cups, I limited myself to one eighth cup per pot today. Also, although I did add some water to start it mixing into the soil, I did not add a lot so most of the fertilizer is still on the surface of the soil.
In the densely packed pots I put the fertilizer in a little pile in the middle as far from the plants as possible. Naturally that wasn’t very far. In the other pots, I made a line down the middle and the watered just the middle of that line.