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Light, Medium and Heavy Feeders

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

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

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 information from information written by Steve Solomon.

Low-demand Vegetables

Arugula, beans, beets, carrots, chicory, collard greens, endive, escarole, fava beans, herbs (most kinds), kale, parsnip, peas, Swiss chard

Medium-demand Vegetables

Artichoke, basil, cilantro, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, lettuce, okra, peppers (small-fruited), potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, scallions, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini

High-demand Vegetables

Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe/honeydew, cauliflower, celery/celeriac, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, peppers (large-fruited), spinach, turnips