🌿 How large is the FarmDaddy?
The dimensions of the FarmDaddy are 26" L x 16" W x 14" H
🌿 Does the FarmDaddy really work?
The FarmDaddy can double yields while using less water and fertilizer compared to conventional gardening.
🌿 What is the FarmDaddy made of?
The FarmDaddy is manufactured from food-grade HDPE material.
🌿 Where is the FarmDaddy made?
The FarmDaddy is made in the USA.
🌿 What is the weight of the FarmDaddy when it's filled with water and potting mix?
The FarmDaddy weighs approximately 80 lbs. when filled.
🌿 What kind of soil should I use?
Use potting mix (NOT POTTING SOIL) available at most garden centers.
🌿 How much sunlight is required?
6-8 hours of sunlight is recommended for most fruiting and flowering plants, however, herbs and some plants can do with less.
🌿 Do I have to worry about weeds growing in my FarmDaddy?
No. Since the FarmDaddy has a cover over the potting mix, weeds don't have a chance.
🌿 When should I add water?
Never – because the FarmDaddy is self watering. Just attach it to your water source and leave it on. The self watering system will automatically shut off after the FarmDaddy fills up.
🌿 If it rains, will my FarmDaddy get too much water?
No. The FarmDaddy has been designed so that you can't over-water. It has a built in overflow that will allow excess water to escape.
🌿 What is Dolomite? Is it used only for tomato plants?
Dolomite is a source of calcium and magnesium and can be used for any plant, although it is critical for healthy tomatoes and other "seeded" vegetables. Dolomite should be used for all "seeded" vegetables since they need a lot of calcium in order to produce healthy fruit. It is also used to raise the pH of the potting mix since peat is very acidic.
🌿 What kind of potting mix should I use?
Peat-based potting mix for containers or hanging plants will work. You'll need 2¼ cubic feet (approx. 67.5 dry quarts) per FarmDaddy.
🌿 How do I know when to fertilize my plants?
You will add fertilizer at the time of planting - one time per growing season.
🌿 What kind of fertilizer does the FarmDaddy need?
Use 2 cups of granular fertilizer (use 3 cups if the fertilizer is organic). The three numbers making up the fertilizer content should be in the range of 5 to 15 (i.e.12-8-10, 10-10-10, 6-8-10). Avoid water-soluble fertilizers as well as time-release fertilizers.
🌿 Can I use organic fertilizer?
Yes! Many FarmDaddy gardeners prefer growing their plants organically.
🌿 Can I use liquid fertilizer or fertilizers that are mixed with water?
Liquid fertilizers defeat the purpose of the FarmDaddy as nutrients are not provided on a constant stable basis. An occasional shot of liquid fertilizer, in addition to the fertilizer strip, is okay, but not necessary.
🌿 Can I use Osmocote® or other time-release fertilizers for the fertilizer strip?
No. Time-release or "coated" fertilizers should not be used. Potting mix that already contains fertilizer is okay to use, but it does not replace the fertilizer strip. You should still add the fertilizer strip when you set up your FarmDaddy.
🌿 Can you give me any special tips on growing tomatoes?
Add 1 cup of Dolomite (Calcium Magnesium Carbonate) and mix into the top 3 inches of potting mix. Tomatoes produce healthy fruit in abundant quantities when grown in slightly acidic soil. Tomatoes prefer rich organic matter with sufficient amounts of calcium and magnesium. Dolomite helps to adjust the soil pH to the correct level. It also facilitates the availability of soil nutrients to plant roots.