WHAT AM I DOING WRONG DOING WRONG - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bowlady1939
September 11, 2010
HI THANKS FOR ADVICE YOU GAVE ME ON SIDE DRESSING IT HELP AND MY PLANTS ARE VERY GREEN BUT MY PEPPER,S AND OTHER CROPS ARE NOT GETTING BIG IAM ABOUT TO ADD SOME AMMONIUM NITRATE.WE DO USE 13-13-13- ALREADY. IS THIS A GOOD THING ADD THE AMMONIUM NITRATE. THANK YOU. THIS IS BEING DONE BEFORE FALL PLANTING.


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Answer from NGA
September 11, 2010

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Ammonium nitrate is a powerful source of nitrogen and since you're already using a 13-13-13, I don't know that you need to add ammonium nitrate to the soil. If your plants have stalled and simply are not growing, you might be better off amending the soil with compost or other organic matter to loosen it and enrich it with nutrients. Loose, rich soil will help your plants thrive. Try spreading 3-4 inches of compost or other organic matter over the top of the soil and digging it in to a depth of about 8 inches. Then level the soil and plant your fall crops. I think you'll see a big difference in their performance once your soil is amended with organic matter. Hope you have a great harvest!

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