Here is how I fertilize my flower pots and gardens:
1. At Planting Time
I sprinkle a scoop full in each planting hole, stir up the hole a bit with the hand digger, and plant. I use this timed release granular fertilizer on all new annuals and perennials.
I water my containers with this unremarkable two gallon plastic watering can. (My metal ones are too heavy, and are just for display)
I was given a great tip from a local nursery many years ago, and I use it still till this day. I was told by an elderly greenhouse owner to water my pots with weak fertilizer every time I watered them. That's right every time.
The directions on this box of fertilizer call for one green scoop per gallon water.
But I add a half of one tablespoon to the two gallon watering can, and then fill it up. If this seems like a lot of fertilizer, remember that most of the water poured into a container runs out the bottom holes.
So my annuals that start out like this at planting time.
Fill out like this every time!
3. Flowers in Beds
First I water down my whole garden with a hose. I lay the hose in the garden at ground level, not wetting the leaves. Then move the hose around the whole garden bed to get it good and wet. (After a rain is also an excellent time to fertilize)
I fertilize the annuals in my beds all summer. The perennials are fertilized about once a month, and only before they have bloomed for the season.
I have received some comments on my Hometalk page in support of organic fertilizers and composts. I certainly am not opposed to their use. If I were a vegetable gardener, I think I would use organic fertilizer exclusively. I am encouraged that so many people are concerned for our environment.
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