One Simple Step to a More Successful Tomato Season

It’s common knowledge that tomato plants require just the right amount of sun and water to thrive. But there’s something else they need that may surprise you: calcium. This vital mineral helps tomato plants form fruit with strong cell walls. Without enough calcium, those walls may collapse, leading to a condition called blossom end rot…. Read more »

How to Use Manure as Fertilizer

If you’ve been gardening for any length of time, you’ve probably know of folks who use composted manure as fertilizer. After all, it’s high in nutrients and can work wonders in the garden — plus, it’s free! It can be difficult, though, to know not only which kinds of manure to use, but also when it’s safe to put in your garden. Use this handy guide to the most common types of animal manure.

What’s in a Package of Fertilizer?

Fertilizer often includes key main ingredients that are essential to plant health. When buying fertilizer, understanding these basics can help you choose the best fertilizer for your garden.

Fertilizer and Healthy Soil

Currently, much work is being done to better understand how healthy soil supports the health of plants. In a nutshell, the soil is brimming with living organisms that help release nutrients, among other good things, from organic matter present in the soil. The idea for gardeners who want to work with the natural system is… Read more »

A Rundown of Fertilizer Forms and Types

What are the differences among the many forms of fertilizer that you see on shopping aisles? What is a granular fertilizer? What about water-soluble? What are slow-release, timed-release, and controlled-release? What is an organic fertilizer? If you have questions about the numbers on the bag, read What’s in a Package of Fertilizer? first. Then read below… Read more »

The Basics of Fertilizing

All edible plants remove some nutrients from the soil, and some have such huge appetites that they quickly exhaust the soil (and then produce a poor crop) without the help of fertilizer. Fertilizer is especially helpful early on, when plants are making fast new growth. The key is to match the fertilizing strategy to the plant.