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Fertilizing Gardens


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You know, people can tell by looking at me that I eat real regular and a lot of it. And I don't know why people don't expect their plants to do the same. I am sitting out here by some beautiful looking spinach, but it's ready for a little more food. It has been here about a month and it's ready to be fertilized again with what we call a side dress application of fertilizer.

All that is, is it's a cup of fertilizer with a high first number, a high nitrogen ratio fertilizer. It could be the winterizer fertilizer you had left over from fertilizing your lawn or whatever, and you sprinkle a cupful of this in ten linear feet or a 10 ft/row. You just sprinkle it on the side like that; try not to get it on the plant. If you do (get it on the plant) come back and wash it off. Do that every three weeks and that will keep your foliage crops such as spinach growing.

It is also something you need to do to your blooming annuals like pansies, petunias, dianthus, and some of those plants every three to four weeks. Fertilize them with a cupful of high nitrogen fertilizer every three weeks every ten linear feet. That's one cup every ten linear feet and before long they'll be growing bigger and better plants and then you can have good stuff to eat, such as spinach and bananas.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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