Month: May 2017

Garden Math, Applying 10-10-10 Fertilizer

Fertilizer, when properly applied, can enormously increase yields in your garden, but sometimes it can be confusing to figure out how much to apply. This article contains hints and instructions for how to measure and apply the right amount of fertilizer to your crops, plants, and trees. 10-10-10 Fertilizer One of the most basic garden fertilizers is generically called 10-10-10 fertilizer — it contains (by weight) 10 percent nitrogen(N), 10 percent phosphorus(P), and 10 percent potassium(K).  This means that 100 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer  contains 10 pounds of nitrogen, 10 pounds of phosphorus, and 10 pounds of potassium. Also, a cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer weighs approximately 1/2 pound. Covering 100 Square Feet of Flowers or Vegetables with 10-10-10 To prepare 100 square feet of garden space for planting, you should apply about  .7 lb (seven tenths of a pound) of 10-10-10 fertilizer.  Since a cup of 10-10-10 weighs about 1/2 pound, this means you should apply slightly less than 1 1/2 cups of 10-10-10 to the area.   Use a shovel or tiller to blend the granules into the soil to a depth of about half a foot. Covering a 10 Foot by 2 Foot Row of Vegetables with 10-10-10 A 10 foot by 2 foot row of vegetables is 20 square feet, 1/5 the area of a 100 square foot area.  This will require 1/5 of 1 1/2 cups of...

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Start Tomatoes from Cuttings

Not all plants are easy to start from cuttings, but it is super easy to create tomato plants from cuttings.  Starting tomato cuttings is faster than growing tomato plants from seeds and it is basically free if someone will let you take cuttings from their plants.  Another advantage of starting plants from cuttings is that it pretty much guarantees the strain of plant is the same as the plant you took the cutting from — with seeds there is always some possibility of genetic contamination. Use Tomato Suckers You can root almost any part of a tomato bush but...

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