From the article: New Year's Resolution for the Garden
I'm a big advocate of feeding the soil and letting the soil feed the plants, but I do treat my plants to the occasional feeding during the growing season. I've always favored fish emulsion or a fish emulsion / kelp combo. Now I hear that fish emulsion attracts bears and that's a real threat in my area. So I'm open to suggestions. What your favorite fertilizer to use on your garden and how often to you use it? What would you recommend?
- I've recently started to use one of Polish fertilizers (pulgran) it's pretty good I must say. It's described thoroughly here http://blog.pulawy.com/en/perspektywy-i-inwestycje/nowe-inwestycje-wiekszy-potencjal
- —Guest Kristof
Soil and Foliar Fertilizers
- My approach is somewhat complicated because my primary goal is for veggie production. In the soil, I use green sand, rock phosphate and lime. I test the soil annually at the end of the summer. If the nutrient level, calcium, magnesium, zinc etc, is low I add the amendments in the Fall. I don't use bone meal because I'm concerned about the health risks and absorption into the veggies. I'd be fine with using it on flowers. After the plants are in the soil, I use fish emulsion, kelp, worm juice and compost tea. I will switch up the fish and kelp feedings depending upon whether the veg is in its flowering or growth stage. Worm juice and compost tea are daily feedings that alternate.
- —Guest indio
Kudzu leaves and Mimosa tree leaves
- Grind up with lawn mower and add to soil; don't apply too much; it is powerful.
- —Guest to enrich soil
Manure Tea Fertilizer
- Make a manure tea. This is a great boost for any plant and if made right, will not burn. It is a double dilution. One shovelful of manure added to five gallons of water. Then 1 gallon of mix poured into another 5 gallons of water and apply. You should let the solutions steep between each step.
My Favorite Garden Feed
- We mix Neem leaves (dry) with ammonium phosphate , Stera meal or bone meal (one part each ) for flowering and fruiting plants and get good results. Also, we prepare liquid feed by adding Neem leaves dry (1KG EACH) to ten litres of water and feed plants, just after flower buds appear, once a month. We get healthy flush of flowers.
- —Guest shashithakur
- My favourite liquid fertilizer is the liquid which I get from my worm farm (Worm juice!) It's suitable for all plants and no danger of over feeding.
- —Guest mary king
- Have you heard of MYKE's. This is an amazing addition to any garden soil. I have used this growth hormone during the 2009 gardening season. The difference in plant, shrub and tree growth is tremendous. Well worth checking out.
- —Guest Doris McComb
Altrums Organic Fertilizers
- I am a strong believer in the Altrums completely organic fertilizers avaliable on the Amsoil website. They are a terrific source of all the neutrants you plant and soil need. Can be applied as a mix solution to spray on foliage or use as a supplement with a fertilizer injector like EZ-FLO fertilizer injectors. They have components for small gardens that allow you to move it around or they have larger units that can handle large multiple acrea home sites.
- —Guest Steven Sisler
Garden Blend MoJo Juice
- I plant all my tomatoes and peppers with a hefty handful of bone meal in the hole. This gives them the necessary calcium and phosphorous they need, and I have never had a case of blossom end rot since I started this regime. After I plant the rest of the veggies, and the garden is all planted up, I do a side dressing of: Bone Meal Kelp Meal Alfalfa Meal Fish Meal Rock Phosphate Cottonseed Meal & Blood Meal that I mix up in a big bag and shake up to mix like I was doing the Flaminco. :~) I add a handful to the side around every plant, and water it in. I don't usually have to fertilize for the rest of the year, but if I do, I, too, like fish emulsion, or another handful of my MoJo Juice. My plants like me. It's sooo mutual. >^,,^<
- I like the Espoma line of organic fertilizers. I use Plant-tone in my flower beds in the spring and late summer and I use Garden-tone for my vegetables once a month.
- —Guest SaraLee