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Compost Fertilizer Numbers

In my last post Compost – Is it an Organic Fertilizer, I concluded that compost was an organic fertilizer and that it adds nutrients for the garden. I’d now like to have a closer look at the compost fertilizer numbers, the NPK, to better understand how and when the nutrients from compost are made available to plants. This discussion will also uncover some interesting facts about reported fertilizer numbers for organic fertilizers.

compost fertilizer numbers

compost fertilizer numbers

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Compost – Is It An Organic Fertilizer?

Compost is good for the garden, in part, because it adds nutrients for the plants. That sounds like a fertilizer. But almost everything you read says that compost is NOT a fertilizer. Something doesn’t make sense—let’s have a closer look at this myth. Is compost an organic fertilizer?

Compost Bin for making organic fertilizer

Compost bin for making organic fertilizer

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Container Gardening – Fertilizers

The GardenMyths.com blog is mostly focused on gardening in the ground. Comments may or may not apply to container gardening and I rarely make special comments about potted plants.. A few weeks ago a reader asked me several questions about fertilizing plants in containers and it got me thinking about the various differences between container gardening and gardening in the ground. In this post I’ll be looking specifically at fertilizing potted plants grown in a soil-less mix.

Fertilizing potted plants

Fertilizing potted plants

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Fertilizer nonsense #3: All Tomatoes Need the Same Fertilizer

Last week I showed that it does not make sense matching a fertilizer formulation to a plant type. For example, a 1-2-1 fertilizer for tomatoes does not make sense. In part this is true because every manufacturer has their own recommendation. But there is a more important mistake being made by anyone who recommends a certain formulation for a specific type of plant–read on.

Fertilizer nonsense #3 All Tomatoes Need the Same Fertilizer

Fertilizer nonsense #3: : All Tomatoes Need the Same Fertilizer

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Fertilizer Nonsense #2: Match Fertilizer to Plants

Last week I pointed out that the concept of a balanced fertilizer did not make sense. When scientists measured the amount of nutrients in plants they found that the levels of N, P and K were not equal.

Fertilizer Nonsense #2 Match Fertilizer to Plants

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