How to Choose Plant Fertilizer.
To grow beautifulflowers and plants in an outdoor garden, you need to feed your soil the right plant food– a fertilizer that will help your plants thrive.
You will need Soil test Multipurposeplant food Granular plant food Water-soluble plant food Slow-release plant food and fertilizerspikes.
Test your soil to find out what nutrients it needs.
Garden centers oftensell do-it-yourself kits, or you can arrange a test through the Cooperative Extension System,a national agricultural network.
Find a nearby Extension office on the USDA web site.
Decide if you want to use organic fertilizer – plant food found in nature, like manure,peat, or compost – or fertilizer that contains synthetically manufactured nutrients.
Organicfertilizer usually releases nutrients at a slower rate than synthetic.
Considera multipurpose fertilizer, generally the easiest to use.
Its time-released nutrients causeplants to grow quickly, and the food can be used for almost all types of plants and bulbs.
Consider granular plant food, which can be scattered on the surface of the soiland is an economical choice for larger garden beds.
Water the soil after using granularplant food, or the nutrients will not break down.
Consider water-soluble plantfood, which is mixed with water and then poured onto plants, allowing the plant to be fedthrough its roots.
This type of plant fertilizer grows larger flowers and plants, and offersthe fastest results.
Consider slow-release plant food, which is easy to use and feedsslowly and steadily for three months up to a year.
Dig a hole, add the fertilizer, andthen plant your plant.
Nutrients will vary depending on the type of plants you are cultivating.
Consider fertilizer spikes, which are embedded into the soil and are best forfertilizing trees and shrubs.
And now comes the easy part: admiring your beautiful plants!Did you know One typical homemade fertilizer recipe calls for beer, ammonia, and baby shampoo.