5 Tips For Fertilizing Your Vegetable Garden


Ah, the joys of gardening. The fresh air, the relaxation, the vegetables. A lot of us get into growing our own food in part because we want to reduce the carbon footprint of our diets—and that’s great! But there are ways to go even further and make sure your plant-based diet is as sustainably grown as possible. That’s where fertilizing comes in!

If you’re like me and you want to be sure your garden is as sustainable and earth-friendly as possible, here are five tips for fertilizing your vegetable garden:

Use homemade compost and mulch

Composting is a great way to recycle all your kitchen scraps. It’s easy and fun, and it also reduces waste—and best of all, composting saves money! Compost is one of the best things you can use in your garden because it retains moisture, creates more oxygen in the soil, adds nutrients for plants (like nitrogen), makes the soil easier to work with and helps prevent water from evaporating into the air.

You can make compost from any organic material: fruit peels, coffee grounds and egg shells are good examples. So next time you’re done with dinner or drinking a cup of coffee at home, put those leftovers into an airtight container instead of throwing them away; don’t just throw them away – put them back into nature!

Then every few months take all that stuff outside where there are lots of worms or ants crawling around under ground level – these guys will love eating those leftovers too! Just leave it outside overnight so they have time to get started before going home again tomorrow morning!

Add organic fertilizer to beds before planting

The first thing to do before planting is to add organic fertilizer to the soil. By doing this, you can help ensure that your plants have a healthy start and are able to grow quickly. You can buy organic fertilizers at most gardening centers or even make your own by adding compost from your backyard or kitchen scraps to your garden bed. The more organic material you add, the better! It’s also important not to overdo it; adding too much fertilizer could lead mealybugs or fungi problems in the future.

Fertilize during the growing season with liquid kelp

Liquid kelp is an excellent source of plant nutrients and a powerful fertilizer for all plants. It can be used year-round, but it’s most effective during the growing season. Liquid kelp is particularly beneficial to young plants in their first few months of growth, as well as established plants that need help recovering from disease or pests, drought and cold weather.

Liquid kelp contains many different nutrients, including calcium, iron and magnesium that are essential to your vegetable garden’s health.

Side dress root crops with compost after they are established

Side dress root crops with compost after they are established. This will help them develop strong root systems to support the foliage, and it will increase their uptake of soil nutrients. Do not use chemical fertilizers on your vegetable garden; they can burn plants’ roots and cause them to rot. Don’t use too much fertilizer either; more is not always better! Use organic fertilizers such as alfalfa meal or blood meal instead—these may cost more but are safer for your vegetables than man-made chemicals.

Don’t apply any kind of fertilizer during the heat of the day (between 10 am – 6 pm), because plants will absorb nearly all their nutrients then anyway so there’s no point in wasting money or harming yourself by breathing in chemical fumes while you’re working outside on a hot summer day!

If conditions are wet/muddy (if you live somewhere prone to flooding) then wait until everything dries up before applying any kind of chemical fertilizer – otherwise excess moisture could cause dry spots in between where water sits long enough for whatever material applied there to soak into those areas before evaporating away again–which would defeat its purpose entirely!

Water young plants with a weak fish emulsion and kelp solution

Watering your young plants with a weak fish emulsion and kelp solution can help them grow strong and healthy. The solution should be made at the rate of 1 part liquid fish emulsion to 1 part water. Mix the two together in a watering can, then use this mixture to water your plants.

Apply this spray once per week during the growing season (spring through fall), or every other week during winter.

These tips will help you grow veggies that taste better than ever.

These tips will help you grow veggies that taste better than ever.

  • Fertilize your vegetable garden when the plants are actively growing, and pay attention to how much nitrogen is in the fertilizer.
  • Use organic fertilizers like manure or compost to add nutrients back into the soil instead of using synthetic chemicals that can harm earthworms and other helpful creatures in your garden.
  • Choose open-pollinated seeds for longer-lasting crops, because hybrid varieties tend not to produce as well over time (and if you save them from year to year there’s no guarantee they’ll be true-to-type).


Now that you know how to fertilize your garden, it’s time to go out and plant! You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes for your vegetables. I hope these tips have been helpful in making your garden grow healthy and strong!

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