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Friday May 25th 2018

Spring is the time to Plant!

March and April are ideal months in which to plant perennials, shrubs, trees and various bulbs.Daffodils
Good soil is the key to healthy plants and especially important when doing a new planting or plant transfer. Start with a good soil or use a soil amender and use some bone meal to give them a nice and strong root system.  Some people plant too deep, make sure that the soil is at the same level as when you buy the plant.
Don’t over water your plants,  check your plants before you give them more water.
When it is time to fertilize your plants look at the 3 numbers on the fertilizer bag.  Eg.  5-10-5 These numbers represent the three nutrients plants needs most to grow.

  • Nitrogen – the first number is best for greening lawns and leafy plants.
  • Phosphorus – Phosphorous contributes to many fundamental plant processes such as rooting , setting flower buds and helps fruits grow.
  • Potassium – Helps in making the plants cold hardy and disease resistant. Potassium contributes to the overall health and vigor of plants

So if you purchased a 10 pound bag of fertilizer labeled 5-10-5, it would contain 5% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus and 5% potassium. The remaining 80% could be comprised of other nutrients and filler.

What is Bone Meal?

Bone meal is an organic fertlizer that is derived from the meat processing industry. Animal bones are cooked and then ground and packaged, then sold as a slow-release fertilizer that offers a good amount of phosphorous.

The N-P-K ratio of bone meal is generally 4-12-0, though some steamed bone meals have N-P-Ks of 1-13-0.

Bone meal is frequently used to fertilize spring-blooming bulbs, but it also works well in vegetable gardens, on lawns, and in containers to provide phosphorus

Don’t have good soil? Don’t know where to order soil, topsoil or a soil amender? Try for your all your bulk garden needs.


posted by Maria Van Vliet

Garden vegetables

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