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gardener’s secrets - fertilizing tips
Aerate the soil with the mineral Zeolite, which helps to promote the slower release of nutrients and also helps to break up clay.
Stop using fertilizer around August 1st to prepare perennial plants for their winter dormancy.
Slow-release fertilizer with a 3-4 month release rate is recommended for perennial plants, Plant Prod Plant Food Controlled Release 15-17-15 with Calcium flowering plant fertilizer is a excellent option, when applied in May, it should last the entire growing season.
Feed tomatoes a high calcium fertilizer, such as Nurseryland Tomato Food 5-10-5 plus Calcium, and water consistently to prevent Blossom End Rot.
Root Mass of newly planted trees and shrubs can be increased by using Myke Tree and Shrub
Growth Supplement. We recommend using in conjunction with Myke Evergreen Food Plus Trees & Shrubs 7-3-5.
Bone meal should be added when planting bulbs, tubers, and rhizomes for nutrients. GroundsKeeper’s Pride produces an excellent bone meal.
Fertilize hanging baskets and containers using a controlled release fertilizer like nurseryland Container Food 16-10-10. It feeds for 4 months.
Iron Chelate added to the soil helps to reduce the yellowing of leaves in roses. Plant-Prod Iron Chelate 7% is a great choice.
Promix Tomatoes, Vegetables and Fruits Garden Fertilizer with Mycoactive will increase production of your vegetable plants. Use when seeding and planting. Promix is an organic based 9-16-16 formula.
gardener’s secrets - composting tips
Layer green waste, grass clippings and appropriate kitchen waste, with brown waste, such as dried leaves.
Turn compost regularly. It is a good idea to turn the compost whenever you add new material. A compost turner is a worthwhile investment.
Smaller material composts faster. If like you can cut your waste material into smaller pieces.
Even moisture is important, the entire pile should be damp but not wet.
Compost can be used for mulching.
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