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Midseason Fertilization for Vegetable Gardens
Increase this season’s harvest with a midseason fertilization.
The amount and type of fertilizer needed is dependent on your soil, past fertilization practices and the type of plants you are growing.
A soil test is the best way to get the information needed to develop a fertilization program for your garden. But until you have your soil tested, consider following these guidelines.
Select a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer like Milorganite to avoid damaging plants during hot dry summer weather.
Fertilize leafy vegetables when they are about half size. Wait until the tomatoes and peppers start producing fruit before fertilizing them.
Apply 1 pound of a low nitrogen fertilizer for every 100 square feet. Sprinkle granular fertilizer along side or around the plants. Gently rake it into the soil if needed. Liquid fertilizers are applied by a sprinkling can or garden hose.
A bit more information: Always read and follow label directions for the mixing rates and application methods for the fertilizer you select. And with proper care you will have plenty of produce for you, your family, friends and the hungry in your community. Contact Garden Writers Association’s “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program for information on donating extra produce to the hungry in your community. Call toll free 1-877-492-2727 or visit www.gardenwriters.org/.
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