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Can I just apply less of a higher fertilizer?

Yes, you can use it, in lesser quantities. About the second question: the reason why we have not 33-34-33: These number are the percent of weight of N,P, and K. For example, N is a gas, so we need ...
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Output of Septic tank as fertiliser

You're going to be dripping partially treated effluent onto the ground near some fruit trees. The main concern is splash back of pathogenic bacteria onto some edible fruit. Though this risk is less ...
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Putting fruit tree branches in compost

Dry leaves should be shredded first as otherwise they might form an impenetrable mat in your compost pile. If you don't have a shredder, it's easiest to just collect a pile of leaves and run the lawn ...
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Fertilizer with an NPK title i can't understand

Probably using the , for decimal point. Common in some parts of the world, uncommon in others. So still just 3 numbers, but more precise: 6.1 - 4.0 - 5.6
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How do I make rock dust?

Rock dust is used in organic gardening where basalt and granite is crushed into a fine powder. Bricks are made of clay, sand and lime and where limestone... is often deficient in the majority of ...
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What are the best garden uses for 5 gallons of used coffee beans?

We get 30 litres of coffee grounds once a month from the local deli. We're on a list of people who take the stuff to stop it going into landfill. It just goes straight into our compost pile. Newly ...
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Should I fertilize a cactus showing etiolation?

We say a plant is 'etiolated' when its growth becomes long and lanky, usually thin and weak looking, often yellowish or pale in colour, and with elongated gaps between leaves on stems, although this ...
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Why are mineral fertilizers not allowed in organic farming?

There are several reasons: Where to put boundary for organic and “traditional?” What is the difference between a pesticide, an growth regulator, a herbicide and a fertilizer? Maybe for most of cases ...
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Is this an acceptable way to use green waste on plants?

What "someone" told you is correct. Basically, you are giving unwanted visitors like slugs, snails, and rodents a free lunch with no benefit to your plants. The only benefit to the plants, ...
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What do nurseries feed their potted trees to make them so healthy?

Bear in mind that many commercial outlets do not actually grow trees in pots, they simply buy them in from a specialist supplier. The actual supplier will raise the saplings under controlled ...
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Buds don't blossom on Chilli plant ( bud drop )

I think you overwater the chilli plant. The leaves are not very healthy. Chilli likes also dry climate, so try to water a lot less. One or twice a week. I would also not put so much fertiliser. Once ...
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Miracle Grow, good or bad?

There is a lot of confusion on the subject of salt and fertilisers - when we hear 'salt' we think of the sort of salt that's used in food and which we wouldn't want on our plants, in the main. However,...
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Is fertilizing a zero-sum endeavor?

You are missing the fact that air is just as vital as an "external input" as light and water. Plants process carbon dioxide from the air directly, and specialist bacteria also convert nitrogen to ...
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What do nurseries feed their potted trees to make them so healthy?

I'm pretty sure they don't give them anything initially, although if the tree does not sell within a few months, I imagine they would give them slow release fertiliser appropriate to the plant - ...
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Recommendations for Composting Bin

I've tried 2 bins similar to the picture on the left. They did not work well. They took a very long time to break down the compost. It was difficult to turn the pile because it was so small. They ...
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Recommendations for Composting Bin

Sitting on soil allows worms and other critters to enter and exit the bottom of the bin. Also, I would think the drainage would be poor and you could get an anaerobic smelly mess at the bottom. As ...
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Does turmeric like potash?

Adding potash to the soil your Tumeric is growing in will not hurt it as long as it doesn't make the soil too alkaline. When potash is added to soil it acts as a source of potassium, and also shifts ...
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In store-bought fertilizer for camellias, what's the difference between NPK 10-10-10 and say 4-4-4?

It's quite difficult to give a straight, simple answer - fertilizers are formulated differently in terms of how quickly they break down, so liquid formulations will be almost instantaneous, whereas a ...
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Why are mineral fertilizers not allowed in organic farming?

The term 'organic', in this instance, essentially means anything used on the land must contain carbon. Therefore, things like composted manures, composted plant waste, green manures,essentially, waste ...
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Should I account for seasons when growing inside only?

Stormy has a nice answer (especially on fertilizer part), but I am going to add some general concepts. Temperate plants usually needs different seasons to grow naturally. But we don't cultivate them ...
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Miracle Grow, good or bad?

Unless you are watering your plants with distilled water it is likely you will get far more salt from your water and/or potting soil than from the fertilizer. You can also get white "crust" from ...
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Is fertilizing a zero-sum endeavor?

Check out the Wikipedia plant nutrition article. Plants take carbon, oxygen and hydrogen from the atmosphere, the remainder from the soil. (There are exceptions - some plants can make use of ...
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Life of steer manure

I can't see any reason why you shouldn't use it anywhere you want to - the green growth is likely algae, which will grow in damp conditions in daylight or sunlight inside the bag. Home Depot seems to ...
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How do I apply spent coffee grounds as a fertilizer?

I've dumped coffee grounds right on my roses and other bushes for years and years -- to no ill effect. I have had to travel at short notice so I have had a lot of veggies go bad on me - which I've ...
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What's the best way to take care of my potted orchid?

Orchid need light. You should keep it in a well-lit place, but avoiding too much sunshine. Temperature should remain above 18°C. Orchid need to have breathing roots: you must make sure your pot allows ...
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Can I fertilize my plants after putting pesticide?

Yes of course you can fertilize them after you put all those pesticide on them. But next time, you must fertilize them before anything bad happen to them! I know and am sorry it is too late. In ...
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How to eliminate fertilizer odor from home?

If you used the spikes, I'd be surprised if you could smell those to the extent of your apartment 'reeking', but its simple to remove them. I suspect, though, you probably used the bagged granular ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

No, you can not replace 'fertilizer' with compost. You do have to consider the amount of necessary chemicals available and what chemicals your particular compost adds. Fertilizing includes not only ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

No, but it could sensibly reduce or remove needs of fertilizers. It is not very probable that the compost has the required exact proportion of fertilizer. It is also not so probable that one single ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

I have never fertilised any of my vegetables or fruit trees apart from using compost and compost tea. I would challenge that you need to add fertiliser to your vegetable garden especially if you use ...
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