Phosphorus

s For fruit crops F

Potassium

For root crops

Lettuce Spinach Cabbage

Tomatoes Peppers Beans

Radishes Carrots Turnips

Initial soil preparation:

  • Use granular 5-10-5 or similar strength
  • 1 pound per 10 square feet
  • x/i pounds per four-foot garden square

Periodic Application:

  • Plants growing less than six weeks, no extra applications.
  • Plants growing more than six weeks, use granular or water-soluble at half-strength every two weeks. Follow directions on label.
  • Plants that have blossoms, apply an extra feeding of half-strength high-phosphorus formula every other week during blossoming.

phosphorus and potassium, last longer. Later on, you'll probably find it more convenient to use a water-soluble fertilizer so you don't disturb the soil around your plants. But I always use a basic 5-10-5 granular fertilizer whenever I prepare the soil for a new planting.

Once your beds and walking paths are laid out, remove any sod or weeds growing in your planting areas. This sod probably contains the best growing soil you have in your backyard, so don't throw it away. It can be added to your compost pile but should be turned upside down to make the sod decay faster. It could also be transplanted to your paths to cover any bare spots, if you want grass growing in your paths. But it should not be turned upside down and

Stripping Soil spaded into your growing area. Grass has a way of continuing to grow long after you think it should be dead.

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