Team Fertilize, or Team No Fertilize: Team Always Intending To Fertilize

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Team Fertilize, or Team No Fertilize

By Trish
September 18, 2011

There are too many teams to list on this Team Poll. Come tell us all about how you feed your plants.

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 18, 2011 12:21 AM CST

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I never seem to get around to it. I did use a liquid fertilizer on a small section of the garden this year and fully intended to do the rest, but there's never enough time to get everything done.

If I ever do get really efficient and start fertilizing on a strict schedule, I should be able to get along for years with just the stuff that's already on the garage shelves. I have no problem buying all types of fertilizer. Actually applying it is a different matter, however. Smiling
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
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fiwit
Sep 18, 2011 3:58 AM CST
You sound like me
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Sep 18, 2011 7:59 AM CST

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Zuzu- you mean you don't fertilize your roses??
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Sep 18, 2011 10:18 AM CST
I never fertilize my perennial beds as they get leaves, compost, etc.

IF I fertilize veggies, it's organic.

This year, for the first time in forever, I used the blue stuff on my annuals - WOW - did they bloom big and pretty *Blush*
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 18, 2011 12:35 PM CST

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I did fertilize about 200 of them a few weeks ago, Trish, but that was a first. So far, I see no difference beween those and the rest, so maybe I'll even stop intending to fertilize.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Sep 18, 2011 1:44 PM CST

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My thinking is that if it doesn't need doing, don't do it!
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 18, 2011 2:19 PM CST

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I've always suspected that it might need doing, so that's why I'm giving it a try. If I continue to see no difference, I'll happily give up.

Any discussion of chemical fertilizers always reminds me of the old story of the snake oil salesman who was selling people a super-duper fertilizer. It did have an almost immediate impact on the health and vigor of plants. The reason, however, was that the absolutely useless stuff he was selling had to be applied in conjunction with copious amounts of water, and the water was restoring the health and vigor of the plants.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Sep 18, 2011 4:18 PM CST

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Tsk tsk, those snakes.
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Sep 18, 2011 5:02 PM CST
Zuzu, reminds me of the old "stone soup" story....
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 18, 2011 5:07 PM CST

Plants Admin

Yes, Mary, it is like that story, except that one teaches a lesson in generosity and this one teaches a lesson in common sense. There's a reason these stories stay around. Smiling

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