perennial beds and shrubs, taking care to not disturb roots or let the compost rest against the crowns or trunks of plants.
In spring, I foliar-feed fish emulsion (1 tablespoon per gallon) every two weeks until scapes appear, or side-dress
with blood meal (2 to 3 teaspoons per head) four to five weeks into the season.
The 18 m (60 ft) working-width applicator is offered with either 23- or 25-row side-dress
coulter units to match 24-row planters.
If you're unsure about the best time to side-dress
, the National Gardening Association has developed some simple guidelines for a number of favorite vegetables:
with low-nitrogen soluble fertilizer or compost as soon as flowers set, and twice a month thereafter until the end of the season.
If you select mulch, apply approximately six inches around the plant and if you wish to side-dress
, you can use aged manure or compost.
Depending on your soil fertility, you also may want to lightly side-dress
with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer or other organic source, such as fish meal, when the central head is 1 inch across.
I challenge you to mix up some complete organic fertilizer exactly as in my article, apply it to a section of your garden in the quantities I suggest, side-dress
additional fertilizer around all medium- and high-demand vegetables as they grow, and cut your input of compost to those areas to a layer no thicker than a quarter-inch raked into the surface.
In late winter, side-dress
planting with cottonseed meal or chicken manure.
As a rough guide, side-dress
about 4 to 6 additional quarts total per 100 square feet of bed during a crop cycle.
, about four to six weeks after sowing, with a balanced granular fertilizer in a shallow trench alongside plants.
Add compost or manure to the planting area before sowing seed, and side-dress