Quick release is what you want. 28-0-0 or something similar. The cheap stuff is actually preferable, as you don't want anything extra in there that a premium lawn fertilizer may have, like crabgrass preventer.
EDIT: you can also supplement with pee, as @rossomendblot mentioned in their post below!
I think you'll be in good shape! Organic fertilizers won't be as fast as the NH4SO4 or urea, but they'll get you there in the end. Ultimately, the bale temperature will dictate to you when it's ready to be planted. I think that the nitrogen in urine alone is enough to trigger the process, and the heat helps to catalyze the process during the cool spring daysrossomendblot wrote: ↑Fri May 15, 2020 4:07 pmWe got some old bales for free from the local horse stable so will be trying straw bale gardening this year. Unfortunately by the time I got around to conditioning them, all the garden stores had closed, my preferred online stores were closed or struggling to fulfill orders and independent sellers had ramped their prices up massively. This means I couldn't get anything like ammonium sulphate or urea, so had to use what we already had which was a mixture of chicken manure pellets, fish & blood meal, soluble 18-18-18, prilled 15-9-20 and *ahem* lots of urine. Hopefully it works!
The 2 buckets are blueberry bushes that haven't found a permanent home yet.
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What, if anything, do you feed your tomato plants while they are growing in the straw bales?
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Oh, I feed. The prevailing school of thought treats the bales as modified hydroponic media, because the auto-digestion of the bale doesn't provide a spectrum of macro/micronutrients. To that end, the potting mix that encircles each root ball within the bale has Tomato-tone and Mykos mycorrhizae mixed in at planting. Then I water them on Wednesdays and Saturdays with Urban Farms Vegetable Fertilizer (their baseline watering is via drip irrigation every day at 6 a.m., for roughly a gallon of water per bale). Over the past week, as plants have begun to show fertilized blossoms, I switch over to TTF. I also added just a trace of Epsom Salts during my last fertilizing.
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