How to Best Fertilize Vegetables?

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Vegetables will require a lot of careful fertilization during their initial growth period. Learn how to best fertilize vegetables with help from a garden teacher and expert in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Jessica Craven. I'm a master gardener and I have my certification in horticultural design. Today we're going to talk about fertilizing our vegetables. Now, folks will just want to buy something off the shelf, any type of fertilizer and start amending their vegetables. You want to be a little careful with this. If you add too much nitrogen to your vegetables you can cause them to grow too fast, too much foliage, you can burn them. What you need to do is start out and think what does my soil need. And most of us don't want to go to the expense but the best thing to do is to test you soil. If you don't want to do that, then what I would suggest is just get some very good compost. Either your own compost from your yard to buy a good off the shelf compost, and put one cup of compost inside something like an old rag or an old sock, and soak it in at least a gallon of water, maybe a five gallon paint bucket. Let is sit there for two to three days, to let all the nutrients from that compost to come out. And then you're going to water your vegetables, your newly planted vegetables or your existing vegetables with this compost extractor, compost T. And it will give your plants a good balance of the nutrients that they need, so they can thrive. So, today, we've talked about how to best fertilize or feed your vegetables.

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