I have several pages of information on fertilizing.
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Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer

Liquid seaweed is great nourishment for plants but is different from most N P K fertilizer treatments.  In fact seaweed only contains a little K – potassium.  But it has many other minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that are natural growth stimulants. Many of these are not found elsewhere. These nutrients fuel the plant cells’ growth, and …

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Organic Fertilizer Qualities

This table shows the qualities of various natural substances commonly used to fertilize organic vegetable gardens.  The information is taken from Oregon State University Extension Service. Fertilizer Nitrogen % Phosphorus Potassium When it is available to plants Time that it’s effective Bat Guano 5.5-8 4-8.6 1.5 Medium to Fast Blood Meal 12.5 1.5 0.6 Medium …

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Kale is a low demand vegetable (but highly nutritious).

Light, Medium and Heavy Feeders

Not all vegetables require a lot of fertilizer.   There are some vegetables that can be grown in the least fertile part of your garden (where you’ve yet to put down compost), and can have a less heavy application of fertilizer. Here is information on the amount of fertilization needed by some vegetables.  I extracted this …

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Soil Nutrients – NPK and others

The Big Three The three primary macronutrients are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). N is Nitrogen – Leafy growth uses nitrogen.  Nitrogen greens up grass and makes soft sappy growth.  Leaf plants especially benefit from Nitrogen.  These include lettuce, spinach, and other greens. P is for Phosphate – To stimulate root growth, use …

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the intelligent gardener

A Great Organic Fertilizer Mix

Steve Solomon is a knowledgeable gardener.  He has written several garden books, and started the Territorial Seed Company in 1979 when he was 37 years old. Seven years later, he sold the business but he continues to garden and grow a large portion of the food he eats. He has been growing most of his family’s …

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Outstanding Fertilizers

The best substance for adding fertility to your soil is compost.  Using this rich stuff that you create yourself is free and creating and using this treasure is very satisfying.  Plants love it and your soil food web will love it. Below are descriptions of fertilizers that are valuable for growing vegetables and other plants.  I use these substances …

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Manure as Fertilizer

We have 10 llamas and use their manure as a fall garden mulch along with leaves and other vegetative matter.  Llamas create large manure piles, which makes gathering their pellets easy. I am not a manure expert.  What follows below is information about manure that I have gleaned from my books and the Internet.  I …

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Foliar Feeding

Foliar feeding is a method of fertilizing through a plant’s leaves.  According to Amigo Cantisano, widely regarded as one of California’s most important proponents of organic farming, foliar feeding will give you more vegetables with higher nutrition and better flavor.  Also it will increase resistance to insects and diseases and provide more tolerance to stressors …

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