fertilizer question

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by PaulaDawn, May 31, 2003.

  1. PaulaDawn

    PaulaDawn Member

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    I need advise on fertilizing. I garden organic and lately my plants just don't look all that great. I have mulched with manure and compost, applied bonemeal and blood meal. I have some fish fertilizer that I actually made from some fish that I put in buckets of water and let rot, how much of this should I use? Is there any thing else that I should be using? I am growing antique roses and perrenials. And some herbs and veggies.
    I recently took over as the community garden coordinator so I will be coming back for lots of advise!!!
  2. Douglas Justice

    Douglas Justice Well-Known Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Vancouver, Canada
    Choosing the right fertilizer to use is a complicated issue ( particularly if you want to adhere to organic gardening methods) and depends upon soil conditions, climate, time of year, crop choice, and application choice.

    A number of Internet sites may be useful to you in making these decisions. For example, a google search using the the phrase "organic gardening" brings up a number of commercial and non-commercial sites that discuss fertilizers and fertilizing. The phrase "extension organic fertilizer" brings up a number of pages on organic fertilizers by American cooperative extension services (these are affiliated with agricultural colleges), and the insertion of the English spelling of "fertiliser" will bring up Australian and European (primarily British) sites.

    There are vast numbers of books on organic gardening methods. British books are often more applicable than eastern North American publications to gardening in the Vancouver area. The RHS Encyclopedia of Practical gardening series "Organic Gardening" is a good basic guide, for example.

    Good luck!

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