Fertilizing My Vegetable Garden
June 26, 2007
I have vegetable garden envy. Both my sister and my boyfriend’s dad have gorgeous vegetable plants growing in their gardens. They seem to be naturals at growing tomatoes and bush beans whereas mine struggle or wither and die. Looking around on the Internet, I read that vegetable gardens should be amended with 2 – 4 pounds of compost per square foot each year. Looking back, I realized that my two little 40 pound bags of sheep manure for my 128 square foot garden was not enough. By my calculations, I should have put in 256 – 512 pounds or 6 – 12 bags of sheep manure instead of 2 bags.
A week ago I decided to amend the soil by top-dressing it with Nature’s Glory Tomato and All Vegetable Fertilizer, a 5-7-7 slow-release organic fertilizer:
It looks like little pellets and doesn’t smell. I spread it over the garden using a hand spreader and then watered the granules down onto the soil. I also sprinkled a little extra around the base of each tomato plant.
Yesterday, I heavily watered the garden, making sure that enough water had gotten down to the roots of the plants. Then I mixed up some Wegener’s Liquid Organic-based 8-6-6 Fertilizer in a 2 gallon watering can and watered that on to the garden.
It’s a brown slurry that is quite smelly. I’ll probably switch back and forth between these two organic fertilizers over the coming months. Hopefully these two additives will help my garden pop with growth.