Q. I have a question
regarding fertilizing. I would like to know when to start fertilizing
my garden and how often I should do it. Also, can you recommend any
special type of fertilizer like the liquid ones or granular types?
Thanks for your advice.
A. As far as the type of fertilizer to
use - liquid or granular - I prefer to use granular. Liquid or
water-soluble fertilizers are not long lasting and sometimes you will
need to fertilize but not water the plant like when we get a lot of
rain and you could end up overwatering the plant. A granular
fertilizer is applied to the soil and is there all the time.
My favorite granular fertilizer is called Electra.
I use it all over my garden on all of my flowers, trees, shrubs,
vegetables, fruits, containers, and everything else. I also use it
indoors on my house plants. Electra
is an organic, slow-release plant food that does not burn. I've tried
other fertilizers and I've found this one produces the best results.
The plants are very healthy, strong, and produce more blooms.
The time to begin fertilizing is right now. Electra
is a gray powder that you sprinkle on the ground around the plant and
water it in. I do a light dusting of it on the surface of the soil.
Three weeks later I'll use Electra
Bloom Food and apply it the same way as regular Electra.
I recommend alternating between regular Electra
and Electra Bloom Food
every three weeks throughout the season. Doing this really encourages
blooms, and lots of them, too. I use both formulas on all plants in
my garden, indoors and out.
For fertilizing bulbs I use