Build Good Soil for Gardening : How to Fertilize a Garden


In this segment we’re going to talk about
fertilizer replacement. It doesn’t make any difference it your going to use organic or
commercial fertilizer. Placement is going to be important because the plant has to be
able to get to it during the time that it needs the nutrients for growth or production.
So if you put it to far away from the plant, or put it to deep, the plants not going to
get to during the time that it needs it and it’s going to be wasted. If you’ve bought
the ideal fertilizer, which is a 7-7-7 or something like that, what you’ll do is, next
to your growing plants, say you’ve got tomato plants that are 2 or 3 feet tall and you want
to side dress them with a little fertilizer. You would go about 3-4 inches away from the
stalk and make a trench, if the plants in a row, you’d make a trench down along side
the row, 3 or 4 inches or 6 and you would put a few ounces of commercial fertilizer
per foot of row and then incorporate it into the soil, mix it up, and water it. Now with
this perfect organic that we have made, which would be about a 5-5-5 or a 7-7-7 or whatever
or maybe that 6-6-6 that we weren’t crazy about awhile ago. You’ll have to do the same
thing but you will have to put more of it. Probably 3 or 4 times as much, so instead
of putting a few ounces you put 6 or 8 ounces of this stuff. If you’ve got individual plants,
say you had tomato plants that were planted 3 or 4 feet apart in kind of a loose row situation.
You wouldn’t want to make a row or a trench that went all the way from one plant to another
so you would go around the outside of each individual plant, in a circle, making that
trench and mixing the fertilizer into it and then water it in, not excessively so that
you wash it away, but water it in. You don’t want to put it to deep because most of the
feeder roots and most of the growth and most of the nutrient acquisition occurs in the
top 6 inches of the soil in the feeder root area. You want to be careful with commercial
fertilizers. We talked about it earlier segment about concentrated they are, how little it
takes per acre to get the production up to what you want. When you start putting fertilizer
especially nitrogen, and sulfur to some degree in the root zone area, your putting it where
the fine feeder hair roots are. Those feeder roots are susceptible to burn. You can’t put
enough fertilizer, especially if you don’t keep it accurately watered, enough nitrogen
and some others to burn those little feeder routes off and then you’ve basically got a
plant that’s trying to eat with its fingers is trying to eat with it’s wrists, it’s hands
cut off and you can’t grow plants like that. They have to have the fine feeder roots so
a little bit of fertilizer on a regular basis is better than a whole lot of fertilizer once
during the growing season. It gets back to that pesticide deal, if a little is good,
a whole lot is better, not necessarily and that’s something that you don’t want to do
once you’ve established a plant and it’s fixing to go into production, you don’t want to kill
it but cutting off its hands.

6 thoughts on “Build Good Soil for Gardening : How to Fertilize a Garden

  1. I dont understand why companys aare making fake food like transgenenic plants we should use only organic is our body. Live long and don't die from cancer

  2. Regardless of the product, this is decent advise. My tomato plants are in a row and I side dressed each plant in the top inch of soil and skipped the spacing between the plants, these tomato plants are growing like weeds LOL

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