Fertilized the plants today. Aw yasssssss…Tasty buffet for my plants.
How important is fertilization to your garden? Pretty damn important. I recently learned about the NPK ratio on plant fertilizers, ex. 5-10-10…N-P-K, or Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium. Here I what I have learned:
Your leafy guys (lettuce, spinach, etc.), are nitrogen lovers – nitrogen promotes leaf growth! Be careful to avoid putting too much nitrogen on plants that you want flowers and fruit from. Phosphorous is good for root development, flowers, and fruit. And potassium is an all-around good-guy for the health and strength of your plants. Aw, Potassium ❤
Those are the big three, but other nutrients help your little green friends as well, of course. Calcium is important, especially to tomatoes and peppers to prevent blossom-end rot. (Even watering helps your plants absorb calcium from the soil easier.) Vitamin B-1 can help your plant avoid transplant shock by growing and establishing roots faster. Some plants, like rhododendrons, azaleas, and blueberries, also enjoy a more acidic soil (and some plants just like to show off in an acidic soil, like certain hydrangeas, who turn blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline).
So, remember to give your plants a tasty treat once in a while!
And as I write this, I suppose I have to confess – my pretty little string of pearls succulent appears to be under the weather! Aw, shucks. Well, I’m still learning, right? I’ve attempted to move him into a more comfortable soil/pot and removed some of the crappy strings, so hopefully he’ll be okay. I found a little slug tucked under the strings, which I was very unfond of – I keep the plant in our bedroom, so…Just, ew.