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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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Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter for fertilizing edibles?

If you are going to do what you ask, use human and pet wastes to fertilize your 'fruits and vegetables', there are a couple of things to keep in mind: 1. Processing waste material Human wastes can ...
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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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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

You don't need any fertiliser at all to start with - the clue is in the word 'starter'. You're only meant to germinate the seeds, then wait till they have 2/3 sets of leaves (one cotyledon pair and ...
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Managing Cover Crops

An important thing that many people miss is that if a cover crop produces fruit and seed (beans in your case) it is no longer a cover crop or green manure, but a crop, which depletes the soil rather ...
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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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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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Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter for fertilizing edibles?

Not unless you particularly fancy a dose of e-coli, worms, parasites and a host of other enteric nasties you could be infected with from using it. Generally speaking, manures from herbivores are okay,...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

I take a bit of a different approach than J. Musser does (and here I am making an assumption based on the answer), but I agree with that approach when adding commercial fertilizer. Bagged fertilizer (...
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What should I do about bare patches in my lawn after killing off Creeping Charlie?

You must not use Scotts Weed and Feed formulation now for two reasons - one, you've already applied a weedkiller to the entire lawn, and one of the active ingredients, 2,4D, is present in both ...
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Tea leaves for fertilizers

On bedded plants, this won't hurt anything, In potted plants, there is a possibility of altering the pH levels, especially if fermented. Also, the decomposition process could sour the potting mix. And ...
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Managing Cover Crops

Normally with cover crops you want them to grow as long as possible, where possible is influenced by: When you plan to plant the actual crop (including some time for breakdown of the cover crop ...
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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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Is 'fertilizer' considered FOOD for plants?

You certainly can try to grow a plant without using additional fertilizers. I think it's a fun experiment to grow the same plant using multiple setups to see what effect is had on the plant. To ...
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Managing Cover Crops

Usually, you would wait until the plants are in full flower, and have no ripe seeds, then cut/mow the tops down and turn them under. This will add the most nitrogen to the soil (the green tops are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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