Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener. Those of us that are parents want our kids to eat healthy so that they grow strong and thrive and gardeners are the same way about their plants. Today I'm going to give you some tips and general guidelines on how to feed your plants so that they grow big and strong.
Fertilizers can be top dressed, tilled in, watered in, even sprayed on the foliage. Many granular powdered or pelleted fertilizers are simply topped dressed or side dressed meaning you just put a little bit into the soil around the plant. Simply apply the fertilizer in recommended amounts around the plant I'm using this Down To Earth all-purpose fertilizer formulated for transplants. Avoid getting any on the leaves and don't touch the stem of the plant. When you're done your going to gently water the fertilizer into the soil. Top dressing doesn't disturb the roots of plants and it usually seeps in slowly over the season. Look at my little babies top dressing is great for perennials like blueberries and raspberries. Foliar feeding is the best way to get nutrients immediately to your plants. With foliar feeding you spray the fertilizer over the entire surface of the plant the nutrients are quickly absorbed and available to the plants foliar feeding should be done in the evening or the early morning so the sun doesn't burn the wet plants.
So some of the organic favorites like compost tea or liquid fish and liquid kelp are great fertilizers for foliar feeding. For automatic fertilizing you can install a fertilizer injector system right into your irrigation systems. This device is an Add It fertilizer injector system and it's great because you can install it with any type of irrigation system: sprinkler, drip, garden house. Simply attach it to your irrigation system and fill it up with fertilizer your plants will be fertilized every time you water. For young vegetables you want to give them a little nitrogen fertilizer like this sea bird guano or the liquid fish which will encourage vegetative growth. To encourage flowering and fruiting use a high phosphorus fertilizer like the Earth Juice Bloom or the ultra bloom plant food. Finish off the season with a high potassium fertilizer to enhance the flavor of your harvest. So here's to healthily nourished kids and plants and grow organic for life