Fertilizing our vegetable garden seems like an easy task but it’s not simply just applying a fertilizer. There are steps we need to follow and prepare before hand. If you’re looking for basics and guides in applying fertilizer, check out this article.
As garden vegetables grow, they undergo an intensive process that strips nutrients from the soil. Adding fertilizer keeps soil in optimum shape to feed your garden. Choosing the right type of fertilizer and adding the right amount depends on the soil and the plants you’re growing. Soil tests are a great way to know what to add.
5-10-5? DECIPHERING THE NUMBERS
The first number indicates the percentage of nitrogen (N)
The second number shows the percentage of phosphate (the type of phosphorus, P2O5)
Third number represents the percentage of potash (the form of potassium used, K2O.)
A 5-10-5 fertilizer contains 5 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphate, and 5 percent potash, and it’s called a complete fertilizer because it contains some of each type of nutrient. In contrast, bone meal has an analysis of 4-12-0. It’s a good source of phosphate but doesn’t provide any potash.
Now that you understand the numbers, you have to choose between organic and chemical fertilizers.