Different types of soil fertilizers serve different purposes in your garden. Here are a few fertilizer types to explore:
Granular fertilizers release nutrients more quickly than organic fertilizers. Sprinkling a handful of 5-10-5 around each plant (known as side-dressing) in spring and again mid-summer will give annuals a feeding boost that will keep them in top growing and flowering condition through the summer. Use slow-release fertilizers once in the spring.
Liquid Fertilizer Solution
Liquid fertilizer is an immediate source of nutrients. The concentrated form is diluted by mixing with water according to the manufacturer's directions. Use a mild solution on new transplants to help them quickly recover from the shock. Liquid fertilizer can be applied in place of granular side-dressings.
Fish Emulsion Fertilizer
Use fish emulsion fertilizer to encourage a burst of growth from new plantings, potted flowers and vegetables, or anything that is growing a little too sluggishly for your taste. High-nitrogen fish emulsion dissolves in water and is easily absorbed and put to immediate use by the plant. For best results, follow the package directions.
When gardening in containers instead of in the ground, you're more easily able to adjust the soil to suit your plants. Keep reading to learn about preparing soil for container gardens.
Looking for more information about gardening? Try these:
- How to Start a Garden: Find out how to get your garden started.
- Garden Soil Tips: Learn everything you need to know about your garden's soil.
- Vegetable Garden Soil: Learn how to prepare, test, and fertilize soil for a successful vegetable garden.
- Annuals for Average Soil: Learn about annual flowers that thrive in average soil.
- Perennials for Average Soil: Find out which perennials do best in average soil.
- Gardening: Learn the basics of successful gardening.