Choose the right fertilizer. There are many different types of fertilizers available, so it’s important to choose one that is right for your vegetable garden. For herbs, we recommend the Earthbox Fertilizers. They have easy to use products for vegetable use and have a balanced N-P-K ratio (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium).
Start your next EarthBox® growing season off right with an EarthBox® Replant Kit! The pre-measured essential ingredients are a crucial part to the success of EarthBox® gardening system. The fertilizer and dolomite are absorbed by plants’ roots at just the right pace throughout your growing season.
The Standard 7-7-7 Fertilizer is great for all plants, but is highly recommended for growing all fruiting and root crops such as:
Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Cucumbers, Zucchini/Sumer Squash, Butternut/Winter Squash, Melons, Beans, Pumpkins/Gourds, Strawberries, Okra, Corn, Onions, Radishes, Beets, Garlic.
The Natural 8-3-5 Fertilizer is recommended for only growing leafy and cruciferous vegetables and herbs such as:
Lettuce, Salad Greens, Herbs, Spinach, Kale, Chard, Brussels Sprouts, Artichokes, Celery, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leeks, Kohlrabi.
- Apply the fertilizer correctly. Fertilizer should be applied according to the directions on the label. Over-fertilizing can be just as harmful as under-fertilizing, so it’s important to follow the instructions carefully.
- Fertilize regularly. Vegetable plants need regular fertilization throughout the growing season. The frequency of fertilization will vary depending on the type of fertilizer you use and the climate you live in.
- Water the fertilizer in. After you apply fertilizer, it’s important to water it in thoroughly. This will help the fertilizer dissolve and be taken up by the plants.
- Avoid fertilizing during hot, dry weather. Fertilizing during hot, dry weather can stress plants and make them more susceptible to pests and diseases.
Here are some additional tips for fertilizing your vegetable garden:
- Use compost or other organic matter to improve the soil. Organic matter helps to improve the soil structure and drainage, and it also provides nutrients to the plants.
- Rotate your crops. Rotating your crops helps to prevent the build-up of pests and diseases.
- Monitor your plants for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If you notice that your plants are not growing well or are showing signs of nutrient deficiencies, you may need to fertilize more often or with a different type of fertilizer.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your vegetable garden has the nutrients it needs to produce healthy, bountiful crops.Keep feeding your garden and you’ll be surprised just how big it can grow! Keep an eye out for emails from Growums, and if you need more information, check out our full curriculum.