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April 4, 2014

Gardener’s almanac (April 5, 2014)

Fertilizing vegetables — Once vegetable plants are established, sidedressing is the term used for fertilizing them. “A fertilizer containing primarily nitrogen is used to keep plants growing and productive,” Ward Upham of K-State says. “Nitrate of soda (16-0-0) is often used at the rate of 2 pounds fertilizer per 100 feet of row. More commonly available lawn fertilizers such as a 30-3-3, 29-5-4 or something similar can also be used, but cut the rate in half. Be sure any lawn fertilizer used does not contain weed preventers or weed killers. Note that most fertilizers weigh about 1 pound per pint of product.”

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