Plants Need Food Too

Plants need lots of nutrients to grow big and strong. There are lots of different ways to help plants along by using plant food called fertilizers. There are three main nutrients (macronutrients) that plants need the most. These are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. On the fertilizer label there are always three numbers like 5-1-1. This is the percentage of each nutrient that is in the fertilizer–in this case is would be 5% nitrogen, 1% phosphorous and 1% potassium. In the case of our garden, we fortify the soil with compost and some granular fertilizer at the beginning of the season. In the future, we would like to have our own chickens and compost bin so we can close the loop of production here on campus rather than buying fertilizer or compost. But for the time being, I decided to go buy some liquid fertilizer to help out plants along and I found some fish emulsion. It is a 5-1-1 fertilizer so it doesn’t burn the plants and it’s so worked pretty well so far. Fish emulsion is made out of liquefied fish guts basically. It sounds really disgusting (and it smells really disgusting) but the plants dig it. You just dilute 2 tablespoons in a gallon of water and either spray it on the leaves or water plants like normal right on the roots. I just filled up a 2 gallon watering can and went around the garden watering each plant individually. More updates will be coming soon.


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