Gardeners have a general understanding that plants require light, moisture, and nutrients so they could grow. However, people who are new to gardening (and even some veterans) tend to apply too much garden fertilizer, or at least way more fertilizer than their crops need. In a lot of cases where plants are struggling to grow properly, it’s not the fertilizer that is faulty—but it is the amount of fertilizer that was added!
The amount of fertilizer that you will need to apply to your vegetable garden should ultimately depend on the soil’s fertilizing potency, the amount of fertilizer added, and the type of fertilizer used for the crops to grow. A way to find out whether your soil is applicable for the products you’re using is by getting it tested via lab professionals. It is also possible to utilize garden soil test kits, but these often provide a significantly less accurate result.
What Are The Factors That Affect Plant Growth?
Primarily, a plant needs light, water, and soil—these significantly affect a plant’s growth and health. Some other external factors would be rain and irrigation and the nutrients that could be found in the soil. The soil’s pH would also greatly affect the nutrients that are available and embedded in the soil.
If you have been having trouble growing your plants, it might have something to do with the lack of nutrients. Utilizing garden fertilizer may help if your plants lack nutrients; however, it may not be too helpful if the problem were something else.
Another problem found with gardening is having waterlogged soil; in the event of water not being properly drained and cycled, it might drown your plant! You might also find it convenient to have your soil properly tested to find out exactly if there is a scarcity of nutrients in your garden soil.
One more thing about planting that you need to keep in mind is the soil structure—which greatly affects a plant’s health. If you had your garden soil compacted by construction equipment, or if your home is built upon what is considered to be “fill” soil, then you might have to build a healthy new soil structure—making sure to apply organic content in the process.
We would also recommend making compost. You can add clippings of grass and whatever shredded leaves you can find—this is a way to add slow-release nutrients. You might even be able to adopt earthworms to encourage the soil’s workability and overall biological activity, which should greatly improve and support the growth of new and healthy plants.
Basic Knowledge Regarding Vegetable Garden Fertilizer
There are two types of garden fertilizer: the organic and the inorganic. Organic fertilizers are commonly made up of bat guano, chicken manure, cow manure, cottonseed manure, cottonseed meal, bone meal, and various other sources.
Inorganic fertilizers (also known as synthetic fertilizers) are man-made, and that they are very specifically tailored to help grow plants. The N-P-K numbers found on the bag of garden fertilizer are important as they represent the number of important minerals found in the fertilizer. The N-P-K stands for nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus—the most valuable nutrients that you can get for your plants.
Gardening is not just a productive hobby; it can also be incredibly rewarding, both physically and mentally. The realization that you are helping a living thing grow can have a powerful impact on your life. By knowing how to properly take care of your garden, you can create something that’s not just beautiful, but something that’s truly yours as well!
If you need to up your gardening game, Organic AG Products touts several natural, safe, and easy-to-use gardening products. Beyond dry organic fertilizer, we also sell a variety of herbicides, insecticides, and other organic agricultural products. Visit our website and browse through our gallery today to see if we have any products that can suit your gardening needs!