Picking a Garden Fertilizer

To grow a healthy plant healthy growing conditions are important. Sometimes all a plant needs is watering at the appropriate times. Often, you have to give the plant more and that is where fertilizers can be useful. Fertilizers provide extra nutrients that may not be readily available in the soil. There are many types of fertilizers available for gardeners to choose and it is important to match the fertilizer with the type of plant you are growing. Every plant has different needs and to maximize the growing potential you need to customize the garden fertilizer you choose! What is NPK? NPK stands for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These are the three main nutrients plants need but they are not the only ones necessary for good plant growth. Calcium, magnesium, and many other micronutrients also help plants to grow properly. A plant with a good balance of nutrition has good cell…

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There Will Be Blood…

...meal in my garden this year. Blood meal is one of those organic additives that contribute to the quality of your soil. It has a very important nutrient: Nitrogen. Nitrogen is responsible for growing the green leafy growth on your plants. Since blood meal is made form the dried blood of livestock it is an organic product and releases the nitrogen slower into the soil than synthetics. Too much nitrogen can still burn your plants so always follow the manufacturer's directions when applying it and don't use it on seedlings.Blood meal is good for your green nitrogen loving plants like broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach and many others. But plants don't thrive on nitrogen alone. A good balance of the big three nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is important. Here is an interesting fact about it that I found on The-Organic-Gardener website: blood meal can repel deer when kept dry in…

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