When it comes to fertilizing your vegetable garden, timing and technique are just as essential as the fertilizer itself! When it comes to vegetable plants, no matter how nutrient-rich and healthy a garden’s soil is, they still need occasional doses of fertilizer.
Like many other vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers require a lot of nutrients from the soil. Because of their rapid growth, they deplete soils of essential elements like nitrogen and potassium.
But plants can get the energy they need to grow strong and healthy by using the right kind of fertilizer at the right time. And, of course, this will result in a larger crop!
1. Let Plants Become Established Before Applying Fertilizer
Avoid fertilizing too early in the season. Fertilizing a garden before the plants have a chance to grow might harm or even kill them.
It takes a while for seedlings and transplants to adapt to their new environment. The roots of young plants might be shocked or burned if they receive too much nutrition too soon.
Fertilizing should be started 7 to 10 days after transplanting. It’s also a good idea to give seed crops like corn and beans some time to germinate and expand before planting.