Homemade Recipe for Vegetable Garden Fertilizer

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You can make vegetable garden fertilizer quickly and easily right at home by just following a few short steps. Get a homemade recipe for vegetable garden fertilizer with help from a longtime gardener and blogger in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Amy from Atlantaveggies.blogspot.com, and I'm going to talk just a little bit about a homemade recipe for vegetable garden fertilizer. A lot of times when you are looking at a garden book it will say in the absence of a soil test, you know, use one and a half pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet of row. If you don't have 10-10-10 or you don't like to use 10-10-10, you can make an organic version of 10-10-10. Now I have the recipe that I got from The University of Georgia's extension office and it uses basic ingredients that are not hard to find at feed stores and hardware stores. I have one and a quarter pounds of cottonseed meal and I have two and a half pounds of kelp meal here and I have about 6/10ths of a pound of bonemeal here. And so I don't know if you know but the 10-10-10 stands for, the first 10 stands for the amount of nitrogen, the second 10 stands for the amount of phosphorus and the third 10 stands for the amount of potassium that's in the fertilizer and so these are what you use to come up with approximately those numbers. The cottonseed meal is the nitrogen source. The bonemeal is the phosphorus source and the kelp meal is the potassium source and so to make the fertilizer you mix those all together really well in a bucket and then when you want to use it in your garden, you use 3/4 of a pound for 50 square feet of garden space and it's just that easy. So if you want to make your own and not use a bag of 10-10-10, you know, go right ahead. One of the great things about mixing your own is that if you do eventually do a soil test and it turns out that for instance this phosphorus, this bonemeal portion that you have plenty of phosphorus and you don't need to add any more of this, then you can just leave this out of your recipe and then kind of adjust the amount that you use in your garden. So you can modify it and customize it for your own garden. That's Amy, talking about making your own fertilizer.

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