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Can I fertilize solely through fertigation?

I'm growing a pumpkin patch and plan to use drip irrigation under a mulch layer. Unfortunately, various parts of the soil are lacking in some nutrients. I don't think I'll have the money (this year) ...
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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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How do I feed shrubs sitting in mulch?

My flower beds have landscaping fabric covering them, with 2-3 inch depth of mulch sitting on top. Are there any ways to feed my plants that don't require me to remove the fabric and mulch? Up until ...
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Plant potting mix has green balls

I have a potting mix from a majestic palm that I'm attempting to reuse, it has some odd small green balls in it that are maybe one or two mm large, perfectly spherical and uniform. I opened one and ...
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Apply iron(II) sulfate and dolomitic lime at the same time?

I have had good experiences with iron(II) sulfate and dolomitic lime for my lawn. They increase the green colour and prevent moss. However, I am uncertain whether I should avoid applying these two ...
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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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Can I give sugar (or something similar) to flowering plants?

I was wondering if it's possible/advisable to give a flowering plant or any plant for that matter, sugar (or something similar) in addition to plant food?
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Is there a directory of precise dosages of fertilizers for indoor/outdoor plants?

For example, I have a lot of plants inside (African violet, geranium, coleus, etc.) and outside (dolichos, petunia, pansy, asters, etc.) my home. Also, I have a lot of chemicals (such as ammonium ...
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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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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

I have a seed starter kit with a wicking system. The kit came with a peat moss mix and I have purchased some new peat moss pellets for starting seeds. I know that peat does not really contain any ...
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At what point do seedlings start to need nutrients? [duplicate]

A seed has all the food it needs to germinate so water is enough to make it grow, after that though, at what point are minerals and other nutrients needed? I suspect the time would depend on the type ...
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How should I add spent coffee grounds to Azaleas?

My garden has rocks and weed fabric. Must I remove both and add the grounds to the soil or can I just add on them on top of the rocks?
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Is spent cat litter an appropriate source of nitrogen for compost?

Is spent cat litter an appropriate source of nitrogen for compost? The cat litter used is made of recycled paper pellets so is rich in carbon. It doesn't contain the cat faeces because that is ...
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What does Mesquite Tree sap have that possibly makes it a good fertilizer for dragon fruit?

I have 2 dragon fruit (pitaya) growing under a large 30-year-old mesquite tree. The mesquite tree is dripping sap at the base of one of the dragon fruit plants. This plant is a deep green healthy ...
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Can I use 12-6-9 fertilizer sticks for a Ficus Bonsai?

I have a bunch of plant food sticks described as "compound organic and inorganic NPK 12-6-9 fertilizer with micronutrients for ornamental plants". I wonder if this is suitable for a Ficus (Ginseng?) ...
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Is this a good organic soil/fertilizer setup for container carrots?

I am growing 36 carrots in a 18" square container that is 14" deep. I know I have enough room for them but am more worried about whether there will be enough nutrition in the soil to carry them ...
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Why is my lemon tree losing leaves after I gave it tomato feed?

There are pale blotches on the leaves of my lemon tree. There are no pests or mites, but all leaves have fallen from tree. I have tried a tomato feed with no results.
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Why does my gardenia have brown patches on it's leaves?

This plant has been growing normally for a while but I woke up this morning to discover brown patches and some shriveled leaves. I had previously sprayed it down with fungicide and then with ...
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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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What is the maximum amount (lbs/1000 sf.) of nitrogen that should be applied to turf in the spring?

Assumptions and details: we would apply slow release, predominantly insoluble, organic sources of nitrogen which could include compost, corn gluten meal or any of a number of organic turf fertilizer ...
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Can frog droppings be used as fertilizer?

In the context I am thinking, I would essentially be mixing the droppings into the topsoil in a plant bed. How much would be too much? How much would be too little to make a difference? Nutrient ...
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Milk powder (for automatic coffee machines) as fertilizer?

I have plenty of out-of-date milk powder for automatic coffee machines (powdered skimmed milk obtained through hot air drying followed by agglomeration process; sole ingredient: powdered skimmed ...
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What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?

I know the norm is to use rock phosphate or bone meal but I can't find rock phosphate in my area and it's expensive to ship because of the weight. I'm not able to use an animal product like bone or ...
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Why can't you get organic fertilizers in powder form?

I'm just wondering 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 ...
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How do I know if a fertilizer treatment is burning my trees?

I started using fertilizer spikes on my dwarfed citrus trees in small pots. (Details may be found in this question.) As suggested, I used half a spike for each pot and I put the spike as far from ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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Can excess NPK fertilizer damage my container-grown plants?

I live in an apartment building, and all my plants grow in pots or small flower beds. Since I moved here, 7 years ago, I have only watered the pots and revolved the "soil", eventually adding more ...
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Do herbs grown in containers need to be repotted?

I'm trying to grow some herbs (basil, coriander, and chives) in pots on my kitchen windowsill. This seems to work pretty well for a while, but usually they die after a little bit (well, the basil ...
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How and when to plant young grafted fruit tree?

Our backyard is in a Mediterranean climate (Adelaide plains, South Australia) and we've been gifted a young grafted apple tree which has its root ball still wrapped in plastic. It's about 1.3m (4ft) ...
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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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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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Is charcoal good for use as a soil amendment?

I came across an article the other day on wikipedia about Terra preta. Has anyone used charcoal like this to enhance sandy soil, like we have in Florida? Does this really work, and what is the best ...
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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 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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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 properly prepare a raised bed vegetable garden?

When building a raised bed for a vegetable garden, what do I need to do to properly prepare the soil? It is going to be mixed with different types of vegetables and herbs that I will rotate out all ...
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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 long does chemically fertilized grass remain poisonous?

Here's my situation: I have a lawn that I've refused to use chemicals on because I have a dog who likes to graze. The lawn is now a mess of weeds and very thin grass. I've tried organic fertilizers ...
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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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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?