Garden Fertilizer
Organic Compost is Best

Compost has been added to this raised garden bed in the late fall.

Garden Fertilizer .... food for us vegetables.

Always dress for success  ....

....  the vegetable garden soil that is !

Then we are able to grow and feed our gardener.

Cool weather vegetables in a raised gardenbed

Build the soil first.

then amend the soil ...

... before planting

... during vegetable plant growth

... after  the growing vegetables are mature and harvested

All this happens in a home vegetable garden, container garden or when raised bed gardening


Garden soil building is an on going process.

.... In a garden plot or a raised garden bed the earth under should be dug deeply.

.... The garden soil should be a combination of clay, sand, silt and organic matter

         Solids can affect water retention and drainage.

.... Organic matter allows aeration, while holding moisture and essential nutrients

         Loamy soil is ideal.

.... Remember the soil building process ...

... will help the zillions of living organisms in the soil do their work.

          Give them product to work with ... organic compost !

Soil requirements differ ....

.... for backyard garden plots .. container vegetable gardens .. and raised garden beds.

.... In backyard  garden plots the garden soil is already there so dig, build  and test, then fertilize .

.... Soil from the backyard garden is not desirable for growing vegetables in containers

         It  is heavy so water may not penetrate to the vegetable plant roots.

          Use a potting soil mix when container gardening ....  the soil properties are known.

.... Raised bed gardening soil is prepared by the gardener.

          Mix good topsoil and compost then test,

          adding the recommended  Organic Garden Fertilizer


Garden mulch is beneficial as the mulch composts building the soil

Some say ...

... Test The Soil ....

... a soil testing lab or a soil testing kit will tell the story.

What vegetable garden soil amendment is required ...

... for balanced vegetable plant nutrition in our gardens?


Easy for the gardener to say ... we vegetables have never seen him have the soil tested !

We have never seen the garden soil study for the test either !

He says the ultimate garden soil test is ...

... the growing vegetables.

Brocolini ready to pick in the spring

Most backyard vegetable gardeners rely on experience ...

...  while respecting the science of soil building.

The proof is always in the pudding.

When in doubt ... more organic compost.

So lots of goodies are added to the vegetable garden soil.

Our gardener says ...

... if the soil is grey or brown there is more building to do.......

... When the soil is black all is ready for planting and successful vegetable crops

... The cheapest way of adding organic matter is from your compost pile.

... Cover crops worked into the soil provides great and natural organics.

... Crop rotation may be difficult when small space gardening.

... so the addition of cover crops ...

... worked into the soil may boost the soil so crop rotation is not a concern.

... In a garden plot this soil building process may take a number of years

Building the soil in a raised garden bed

In the home vegetable garden the gardener controls the soil properties.

  • He builds immediately by mixing the soil components himself.
  • The containers and raised beds are then filled with his mixture.
  • Annually he will top dress with a complete commercial organic fertilizer.
  • Side dressing during the growing season with the same organic fertilizer
  • Always watering after fertilizing.
  • Water  transports the goodies to the roots where it is absorbed into the vegetable plant.
  • Vegetable plants eat the fertilizer,  depleting the soil of plant food.
  • Intensive gardening uses up nutrients quicker so ongoing feeding is needed. 


There are Two Types of Fertilizer Organic and Not Organic

Nitrogen fixing plants like these broad beans help build the soil

.... Synthetic inorganic where the chemicals pass through the soil to the vegetable plant

     usually a fast release leaving nothing behind for the soil building process

.... Organic ...

... decaying living organisms which provide a slow release of nutrients while building the soil

     Both types of vegetable garden fertilizer can be manufactured to some degree.

There are pro and cons to both organic fertilizer and inorganic.

Garden soil is too heavy for growing vegetables in containers so use a potting soil mix

      We vegetable plants know ....

.... different types of soil are required

      for a backyard garden plot, container garden or raised beds.

... Fertilizing and watering needs differ as well.

... Container gardens need to be watered more often and more so when fertilizer is applied.

... Spread the fertilizing process out over a longer time period when container vegetable gardening

       Same amount of fertilizer in smaller doses

Starting seed requires a different soil mix

Garden vegetables are not able to eat out.

So, our gardener builds the vegetable garden soil well

... never too much organic compost.

He amends the soil with vegetable garden fertilizer ...

...  according to our hunger and how much gets rained away.

The gardener feeds us, we grow, he harvests us then eats us!

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