The Q&A Archives: Vegetable Garden Weed & Feed

Question: We are looking for an all purpose 'weed & feed' fertilizer for our vegetable garden. Is there such a product that is safe for this purpose? If not, then what would be your recommendation for an all purpose N-K-P ratio for a vegetable garden?<br><br>Thank you,<br><br>Mara L. Jordan

Answer: I'd stay away from herbicide use in a vegetable garden! While it sounds like an easy way to garden, it might not be particularly safe to consume veggies that were subjected to an herbicide all season long. You can put mulch on the soil to keep weeds from growing between your plants. Use 3-4 inches of organic matter that can be rototilled or dug into the soil at the end of the season. By using organic material, the mulch will keep weeds down, hold moisture in, and enrich the soil, all within one season. The kind of fertilizer you use will depend on what you're growing. A 5-10-10 will encourage flower and fruit formation, a 10-10-10 will encourage vegetative growth. If you're growing lettuce and other leafy or root crops, the 10-10-10 will workjust fine. If you're growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc., and want flowers and fruit to form, use the 5-10-10.

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