Team Fertilize, or Team No Fertilize: No plans or schedule

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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: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
Southwest Gardening~ moderator/ATP.
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer Forum moderator Region: Southwest Gardening Garden Ideas: Level 2 Roses
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Sep 17, 2011 8:42 PM CST
I am very bad a record keeping but I do have a general strategy... much like Trish's.

I use Osmocote on lots of flowers in the ground and potted plants. Certainly my daylilies per Lyle's advice.
I use fish emulsion on the lawn... since my dog is known to eat grass. Organic.
I compost to supplement mostly container veggie growing and don't fertilize at all. I use purchased organic soil for those plantings.
I don't fertilized my very mature Arizona Sweet Orange or my Key Lime tree. They are PROLIFIC without any TLC at all. (except the hail storm of Oct 5, 2010 was very hard on them)
I use Miracle Gro on my Brug only... though it's near a couple of shrubs so I assume they reach for the nutrient.

But, I'd say all of this is by happenstance. I don't have a journal and can't remember anything. I fertilize when I think of it.

I have a friend who follows Martha Stewart like a religious guru. Martha says to keep a journal about fertilizing, pruning, thinning etc. Her garden doesn't look any better than mine. It's a temperament, organizational and control thingy. No? Big Grin
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
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Sep 18, 2011 6:37 AM CST Admin

Trish nods seriously.

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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Dec 6, 2012 12:21 PM CST
I'm on this team. The plants get fertilizer when I have a moment to do it. Usually Spray N Gro, fish emulsion (Peeee-EW!) or similar. Sometimes a handful of Osmocote. My plants deserve better!
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