If you are unable to get a soil test done, it’s like guessing or finding the hidden elements in your soil – a daunting task at the best of times.
Some common and very good organic fertilizers are contained within our own homes.
The first one of these organic fertilizers that is very good and essential to any soil is compost. Use your yard refuse or vegetable peelings – anything that doesn’t contain human or animal (dog or cat) waste is good for your soil. Not only does compost fertilize your growing plants, but it provides a layer of soil which will help you in the long run.
Another organic fertilizer that is extremely good is the liquid from your steeping compost. Don’t get me wrong on this point – I’m not saying to go out and buy a composter. Use an old container and purchase some powder to aid your composting efforts. This powder is inexpensive and odourless. This composting powder can be purchased at any gardening center wherever you live.
If you have access to manure that is aged at least 1 year, this is an ideal fertilizer. You may have a few weeds to pull, but the manure provides long-lasting fertilization for your soil.
I tend to use fish food as a substitute for fish and seaweed matter. When I make my rows, I put a bit of water in the rows and sprinkle a bit of fish food in the row before planting my seeds. This will never burn your plants and provide beneficial nutrients to your soil for the growing season.
If you have plenty of earthworms in your soil, believe it or not, the castings and cocoons provide plenty of nutrients to your soil. If you don’t have any earthworms, or not enough of them, purchase some earthworm cocoons and spread them around your home vegetable garden. Earthworms aerate the soil and provide so many beneficial nutrients to your soil that, to me, earthworms are an essential part of home vegetable gardening.
Another option is limestone (ground fine) sprinkled on the soil, worked in. This limestone speeds germination and gets the crops off to a fast start.
In our rush-rush world of today, most gardeners tend to rely on Miracle-Gro to ensure the continual growth of the plants in their vegetable gardens. I usually purchase the Miracle-Gro Liquafeed 12-4-8 (meaning nitrogen 12, phosphorus 4, and potassium 8). This is a good combination for any garden. However, I usually start my gardening season with a load of aged manure and the Miracle-Gro ensures continued growth of all my plants.
Let’s face it, the time and money involved in home vegetable garden can add up quite fast, so we all want some success at this endeavor. To me, if I am to have a home vegetable garden that I can be proud of, I’m willing to pay a bit to ensure my own success – it hasn’t failed me yet!
How much are you willing to invest (money and time) in your home vegetable garden?
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