fertilizing your vegetable garden

My husband plants a vegetable garden each year. He fertilizes everthing when it is planted. Each year, the plants are stunted, burnt and do not produce as abundantly as unfertilized plants. My mother always said it is best to wait at least two weeks until the plant is established. My question: When should you fertilize a seed or plant in your vegetable garden. Thanks, Wanda
Submitted by breedingwc

Hi, Well the key isn't when to fertilize, but what to use. What is your husband using? It sounds like it's way too strong for your plants. I suggest the best way to grow veggies is to start with rich, organic soil. In the spring, mix in compost, rotted manure or any organic matter you can find. I use rotted horse manure and my plants do great. Now, if you want to still fertilize I suggest you use a slow-release granular fertilizer which releases the nutrients over the course of the  summer as the plants need them. A brand such as Osmocote is an example. Slow-release granular fertilizers basically take the guesswork out of feeding your plants and minimizes the risk of burning. Apply the fertilizer in the spring according to label directions. You can buy Osmocote or fertilizers like it at most garden centers or home stores.

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I find using a bagged fertilizer is a lot of work and I always get a bumper crop of weeds after using it. I began using a liquid plant food and I have less weeds, less work and much better results from my plants. You can attach the sprayer with the liquid palnt food to a garden hose and just spray your garden or mix in a large bucket and pour over and down your rows. No fear of burning the plants or not getting enough water on the plants to desolve the granular fertilizer. Will not hurt seeds.
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