Plants need a variety of nutrients from the soil to produce roots, leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds. Soil nutrient composition is like the staves of a whiskey barrel: the least-present element will be the limiting factor for optimal plant growth (analogous to the lowest stave on a whiskey barrel, responsible for the whole container spilling out). Nitrogen is the most widely used element for vegetables, so after a growing cycle, it usually becomes the limiting factor.
*Make sure to always read the label on the fertilizer container to know how much to apply!
3. Side-dress your seedlings with organic granular fertilizer after plants are 6-8" tall. If you forgot to fertilize your soil before planting, this is a great way to boost nutrients in the soil. Granular or dry fertilizer needs to be watered-in to dissolve and be taken up by the plants' roots, so make sure to apply it around the base of the plant. Dry fertilizer is great to add to the soil after you harvest herbs, greens or fruit, especially if you intend on continuing to harvest from the same plants.
4. Use liquid organic fertilizer to side-dress (apply at the base of the plant) or spray leaves. Liquid organic fertilizer is a convenient option because it can be absorbed directly through the plant's leaves or roots.
To apply your liquid fertilizer, first, read the instructions. Even organic fertilizer is powerful and has to be diluted with water (picture gulping cold brew coffee-concentrate vs. diluting with water!). Fill a spray bottle with water part-way and pour fertilizer concentrate to the suggested ratio. Make sure to discard any remaining diluted mixture after each use to avoid a smelly spray bottle.
Spray the diluted fertilizer directly onto your plants' leaves after harvesting from your Seedsheet. This is a great boost of nutrients to encourage regeneration of your garden for future healthy harvests.
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