Friday, June 18, 2010

How To - My Favorite Way to Fertilize the Garden

Hi Friends,
I just wanted to share with you a little about how I fertilize my garden and shrubs.  I just gave all of my plants their June feeding.
Of course you need to know about what zone you live in depending on your altitude.  We live 5200 feet in elevation and are in a high desert climate.  Our winters are mild to moderate with only a few inches of snow if any. 
For my climate I fertilize the plants in March, June and September.
My favorite fertilizer is the shake on Feed an Grow fertilizer.  I can just shake in on, around the trunks of the trees and shrubs and it will do its work for 3 months.  It is super quick and easy.
Early in September is the last month that I will put on any fertilizer because I don't want to encourage too much new growth before it starts getting really cold.  Depending on where you live, you might not want to fertilize after July or August.  Plants need to put their strength into their roots and staying healthy over the winter months rather than focusing on new fragile growth just before it turns cold.

When I plant my vegetables, like my tomatoes, I make sure the soil is well fertilized before setting in the plant.  After my vegetables are planted I put on only a little Miracle grow a couple of times in their early young stages.  Fertilizer will help the plants grow and become leafy.  It can really hinder the setting on of blooms.  Also, if you fertilize vegetables too much it can also give tomatoes a blah taste.  I put a little bit of liquid miracle grow on my tomatoes today, but that will be the last time.  Now all they need is the warmth of the sun and water.  Most of the blooms won't start coming onto my plants for another month yet so I was ok in fertilizing them today.

Contact your cooperative extension office and find out the best information for your specific area so that you will get the best out of your plants.  HERE is a link where you can find your local office.  Much of their information is free for you.  They WANT to help you be successful in your gardening.

My next thing to learn about is how to make a compost bin.  I've been reading up on this and hope to make one sometime over the summer so that next spring, I'll have some rich nutritious dirt to add to my sandy undernourished soil.

13 comments:

Karen Mortensen said...

We compost. My grandma did that too. We don't have a bin. We just dig a hole. But can't wait to see how.

Paula@One Mom's Corner of the World said...

Some great tips! I'm visiting from Friday Blog Hop. I signed up to be a new follower.

Candace said...

Hi! I found you through Over 40 and I'm now your newest follower! I look forward to getting to know you and will be looking forward to learning about making a compost bin as well. It's on my to-do list. Have a great weekend! Candace~♥

Tracy F. said...

Great site! I found you on Over 40. Thanks for the link to a local cooperative extension office.

Tracy

www.cutorcopyandpaste.blogspot.com

New Leaf Nickie said...

Hi there! I'm a visitor from Follow Me Friday! I'm currently researching compost bins as well! I have some metal barrels that I think I'm going to use. Good luck to you!

Mystee said...

I'm stopping by from New Friend Friday & am your newest follower.

If you have a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my blog, follow back and take a moment to enter any of the current 4 giveaways {low entries}.

Have a great weekend

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SueMac said...

Hi! Found you from Follow Friday. Wonderful post! My tomatoes are doing very well this year and I'm so thankful!

Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...

Hi!! Thanks so much for linking up with us today! I am your newest follower and would love if you would follow me too if you don't already! :)

Kim

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Proud Wifey And Mommii of 3 said...

Love your blog can't wait to read more. I'm your newest follower. Please return the love if you have the chance. Thanks

Liz@ItsABlogParty said...

This is great info! Thanks so much for sharing on Blog Party!
~Liz

Holly said...

I am the worse at fertilizing..although I think I may have learned my lesson...I planted some grass between stones and really took the time to churn up the soil and fertilize well and properly and the grass is thriving. Let's see if I can make that work with the veggies. I really want to start composting too! Thanks for linking u....I am a new follower.
Holly
504 Main

Its A Blog Party said...

Thank you for the great tips!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

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