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When trellising pumpkins, do I need to fertilise more heavily?

This year I decided to try trellising my pumpkins and am wondering about the impact this might have on the fruit, since the vines won't be putting down roots as they run. Does anyone have experience ...
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Do nutrients always flow downward in soil?

I've been reading and watching planting techniques. Many people place fertilizer at the bottom of the planting hole before putting in the plant. The first example is from Osmocote's fertilizer ...
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What are the optimal N-P-K levels for fertilizing potatoes?

I have some russet potatoes that seem to be doing well growing in a plastic tub. (This photo was taken near sunset; they do get 8+ hours open sun.) I have a choice between these three fertilizers, ...
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What is the best frequency to fertilize fruit trees?

What is the best frequency at which to fertilize fruit trees? The first method is to dump a large amount of fertilizer to feed the plant one or two times per year. This method was the preferred ...
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How can I save my dying palm tree?

My palm tree started to become yellow in the last couple of months and I don't see any improvement. I've tried with some spike fertilizers for palm trees, but didn't seem to help. Here are some ...
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questions on deep root fertilization

One of the dog wood trees in my yard does not grow healthy. The tree care professionals recommend the so-called deep root fertilization, and I agree to move on with this operation. Yesterday, ...
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Can I use sweet potato leaves as a dynamic accumulator?

I have been thinking about growing Comfrey in my garden but I came across several articles mentioning that once it is in your garden, it is there forever because if you cut the roots, it grows like a ...
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Is there fertilizer management web site available?

Does anyone know if a fertilizer management web site is available? I'm looking for a site where I can enter my plant/tree collection and the fertilizer that I use on each and let it know when I last ...
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What's the best N-P-K ratio for Norfolk Island Pine?

What's the best N-P-K ratio for fertilizing Norfolk Island Pine? According to this article I should go with 10-10-10. Is it a good combination? Also, how should I apply it? Should I spray it on, or ...
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What ingredients in milk make it a good fertilizer?

During the dead of winter when the temperature was hovering consistently around 32F I took 3/4 gallon of milk that had gone bad and pored it on the grass near the back porch. To my amazement the grass ...
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What exactly happens to potting soil if it is stored for a long period of time?

The story: I have bought a few sacks of "Plagron Royal Mix" here in Chile. This soil is supposed to be sufficient for my "tomatoes" for roughly six weeks. After four weeks in the soil I noticed ...
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How does Guano improve plant life?

I'm interested in the use of Guano as a plant fertilizer. Are there only specific plants to give this to? Also, how much and often is it necessary? I mix organic compost every 2 - 3 months for my ...
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How to save my plants after fertilizer overdose

Yesterday we accidentally put too much fertilizer into our pots. Today the leaves start to turn brown. Is there any way to save them? Some details: We have two pots - one with basil, one with ...
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A visual reference to nutrient deficiencies in plants [closed]

Often times we cna look at the leaves of a plant to determine what nutrients are missing in the soil which the plants need. It would be nice to have a repository of images with accompanying ...
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Are chemical fertilizers poisonous to people or animals?

I've been seeing a lot of conflicting information online about chemical fertilizers being poisonous and was wondering if there are any trustworthy sources of information to definitely answer this ...
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Should I use aluminum sulfate (sulphate) to acidify my soil?

It is often recommended online or by nurseries to apply aluminum sulfate to plants like blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas and to hydrangeas to make the flowers blue. Is this advice I should follow? ...
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Fish fertilizer for my lawn

I was told by someone that fish fertilizer is good for the lawn; just use 3 tablespoons in a gallon of water and apply it to the lawn. But how many gallons should I use for a lawn that's about .3 ...
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How do I keep Grackle's from pooping on my lawn?

Below is what I think is grackle poop on my lawn. (It might not be but I haven't seen any other animals there except desert cottontail rabbits and I know what their poop looks like.) How can I prevent ...
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What kind of fertilizer should I give to an average mature shrub?

I've got a decently mature shrub in the backyard that is about 10 foot tall. It is starting to bloom with pinkish flowers. I'm wondering what kind of fertilizer should I give it for early spring. ...
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How much nitrogen per bale in a straw bale garden?

I recently read a NY Times article about straw bale gardening. It says that you should add about 2 1/2 cups of 20% N fertilizer or three pounds of blood meal and feather meal per bale. Add water, wait ...
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How can I get lemon trees to bear fruit?

I have a couple of lemon trees (small plants really) in my garden. But they seem to grow at an awfully slow pace.They are about 2 years old & about 3/4 ft in height. I have seen pictures of lemon ...
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What's in eggshells that makes a good fertilizer?

I would like to know why eggshells are good for flowering plants!
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What can I do this spring to help my new lawn?

I live in Maryland, and I expanded my back yard last fall by clearing some trees and leaves. I brought in top soil and tried to smooth out the contour also. After seeding, I had areas of success and ...
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Is it safe to make a vegetable garden where there may have been lawn chemicals?

I moved into a new house (built 1979) this past fall and I would like to convert some of the grass area to a vegetable garden. I don't know how the previous owners took care of their lawn, but is ...
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What type of irrigation system works best with blueberries?

Several months ago I planted a row of blueberries in order to form an (edible) hedge. At the same time I installed an automatic watering system for these and the rest of my fruit trees and vegetable ...
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How do I recover from an over fertilized yard

Last summer I decifded to create a lawn and brought in top soil and planted grass seed. After six weeks, I spread fertilizer and then my grass turned yellow. I didn't water as much as I think I should ...
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Water soluble fertilizer

I just bought some Scotts (4M Snap) Lawn Fertilizer. On the container it says: Water soluble: No How does fertilizer that is not soluble in water get absorbed by the root system of a plant?
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Would this citrus fertilizer be suitable for chili peppers?

I bought a bottle of organic fertilizer which is in liquid form. The instructions are in German but the merchant here labeled it as "organic fertilizer for fruit" so I just bought it. Now I found out ...
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Does bonemeal promote bigger and stronger plants through root growth?

There are many web sites on how to use bone meal with claims like "Using bone meal will help your flowering plants, like roses or bulbs, grow bigger and more plentiful flowers." Is this true for all ...
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What is the best way to put bonemeal into the soil?

I was suggested to put bonemeal to my chili pepper to make it stronger. However the plant is already there and I've read about bonemeal in the wiki and found out that bonemeal doesn't move by itself ...
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Why there are no organic fertilizer in powder?

Just wonder why most of the organic fertilizer are in granules. Yes, fish emulsion is liquid but there are no organic fertilizer is in powder form. Wouldn't it be easier if they crush the granules ...
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Can I use an NPK compund fertilizer on herbs?

I have some "Low nutrient NPK compound fertilizer" which is sold as Citrus Food left over from a Calamondin tree which has sadly passed away. Can I use this fertilizer on my herbs? They are basil, ...
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How to fertilize when planting veggies?

I got something called dr earth and I was going to drop a handfull in at the bottom of the hole before I planted. Would it be beneficial for me to throw some steer manure in there as well? I had my ...
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Does fish emulsion (or another foliar feed) work as a foliar fertilizer on needle leaved evergreens?

I know how fish emulsion works as a foliar spray on deciduous shrubs, but will it work on needle leaved evergreens such as mugho pines and junipers? If not, what should be used for comparable result? ...
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Dandelions taking over the lawn

My lawn was overrun with dandelions so I've used some Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max and that seems to be killing the dandelions very well. The problem is now my lawn is very sparse with grass. There just ...
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Does urinating at the base of a tree help it grow?

I've been reading about tree fertilizers and urea constantly comes up as a good source of nitrogen for trees. Let's say your dogs always pick the same tree to urinate on every day. Would that tree be ...
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How should I care for my Calendula?

I have a small Calendula plant indoors and it is growing quite well. However, can I care for the plant better by following any specific care instructions? At the moment I'm just giving it plenty of ...
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What should I do before applying organic fertilizer to ensure no bugs or smell?

Does all organic fertilizer require decomposing? I would like to focus on fertilizer available in gardening shops instead of unprocessed urine or manure from mammals. As far as I know, decomposing of ...
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What type of fertilizer should be used on garlic?

This is my third year growing garlic and in the past I've sprayed my plants with a liquid fish and seaweed fertilizer throughout the season. I had also applied a small amount of composted manure in ...
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Which organic fertilizer should I use to encourage flower growth?

I heard that some plants need fertilizing every two weeks in order to encourage flowering. I prefer organic fertilizers because I feel they provide better nutrients, however they are in granules and ...
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How much fertilizer do I need for my vegetable garden?

Today I received the results for my garden soil test, which show that I have only 5 ppm of nitrogen. So my research (here, and elsewhere) has suggested that the best way to (organically) raise the ...
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What features should I look for in a fertilizer spreader?

I have been asked to purchase a fertilizer spreader for someone as a holiday gift. I'm completely lost as to what features are worth extra money and what features are not. The recipient has an ...
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How often should I fertilize vegetables?

I only ever add fertilizer after I remove a previous crop and break up the soil a bit, but should I be adding fertilizer to vegetables that take 10 or so weeks to grow, such as zucchini? How ...
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What household wastes can you use to fertilize without composting?

I cannot compost, no room, no permission. My kitchen produces a steady output of used coffee grounds, which is a good slow release nitrogen source (2.3 .06 .6), should not attract pests or transmit ...
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My garden soil is devoid of nutrients, how should I improve it this winter?

The garden area in my yard has soil that even the weeds don't particularly love to grow in during the summer. They will make a half hearted attempt in the winter, but it definitely isn't as lush as ...
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How should I choose the correct N-P-K fertilizer values for my plant?

I have a red coleus plant at work that's still growing despite my best efforts. I'm trying to choose the right fertilizer for it, but I'm not sure what I'm looking at when it comes to that sort of ...
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What do the numbers in the names of indoor liquid fertilizers mean?

I went to pick up some liquid fertilizer for the plant I keep at work and I saw several varieties : Liquid Growth Indoor Plant 4-12-9 Food; All Purpose Liquid Concentrate Plant Food 12-4-8 with ...
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What is the difference between compost tea, manure tea, compost leachate and herbal tea?

We have seen several questions recently about compost tea. We have also seen questions about manure tea and at least one question that referred to compost leachate as "compost tea." What are the ...
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How do I maintain a Raspberry plant?

I planted a raspberry cane this spring, and it appears to be doing well, having put out a new cane that is now 5 ft tall (and curving under its own weight.) There is also old growth at the bottom ...
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How much coffee grounds should I add to my compost (and how frequently)?

I have been reading that spent coffee grounds can be used for fertilizer and/or composting and also came across this question on this site. I have a compost pile in the yard that holds roughly two 33 ...