nitrogen fertilizer - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kenna_fergus
April 30, 2010
Got my soil tested at A&M and found I need to add loads of nitrogen to vegetable and flower soil. Have lots of established perrinals so how do I get the fertilizer into the existing soil without plant damage ?

Answer from NGA
April 30, 2010


Since the soil is lacking nitrogen, I'd recommend adding the nutrients before you plant this spring. Start by adding a 3- to 4-inch layer of composted manure over the whole garden and work this material into the soil to a depth of 6 inches. To supply extra nitrogen, water the plants with a fish emulsion solution and apply cottonseed meal or soybean meal at planting. You can sidedress your perennials with bloodmeal to increase the nitrogen in the soil. Enjoy your garden!

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