A Look at Liquid Fertilizer For Vegetables

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Liquid fertilizers replace natural fertilizers like compost, thereby reducing your gardening budget. Instead of putting several tons of natural fertilizers and waiting for them to break down, you can just put a few tablespoons every two weeks and your veggies will be fertilized just like they would be in the ground. Liquid fertilizers are also much less messy than other types of fertilizers. They are easy to apply, have a more even distribution, and your plants will be growing strong before you know it.

Boosts Cultivation

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Liquid fertilizers are best used for perennials. They are good for all turf types, whether you have a grassy yard or a garden bed. Fertilizer needs to be applied evenly, so make sure that your soil is well-composted before you begin. In addition, make sure that the fertilizer does not attract more weeds than the plants you intend to cultivate.

Easy Application

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Most liquid fertilizers are available in either powder or granular forms. Both types of fertilizers work equally well for hydroponic vegetable plants, but powders are usually available in bulk for easier shopping. If you are using live plants, it’s better to use slow-release pellets because they release slowly, allowing the nutrients to penetrate deeply into the soil. For vegetable gardens that you plan to harvest quickly, a granular type may be more effective. Liquid fertilizers are best used during the growing season, and then added just before the season ends.


A number of factors determine which nutrient is best for your particular vegetables. The amount and frequency of watering, for example, will affect the nutrients contained in your soil. In addition, certain vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and green beans need more frequent feedings to maintain a rich, healthy yield. Liquid fertilizers are best used to supplement the nutrients contained in the soil, and never replace what your vegetables have already lost.


Liquid fertilizers are available in two forms – granules and sprays. Because granules absorb more nutrients, they are used by larger-leaf plants such as plants found in greenhouses or herb gardens. If you have smaller-leaf plants, sprinkling a small amount of fertilizer onto the soil at least a week before planting will insure a healthy root system. Because of its convenience, this form of fertilizer can be purchased in bulk and used at the beginning and end of the growing season. If you have a seedling that you are not ready to harvest, a granule can be added to your soil several weeks before harvesting to increase the amount of time your plants spend in the garden before turning into fruit.


Some plants need more nitrogen than others. Consult your local county extension office to find out which fertilizers are recommended for your plant types. Many commercial fertilizers are made with nitrogen, and it’s important to purchase ones specially designed for plants with lower levels of nitrogen. Plants with higher levels of nitrogen may need to be fed with a product called Fertilizer Solution, which is sold by many home gardeners. It has a lower nitrogen content than most fertilizers and is readily available at any nursery.

Wrapping Up

Potassium is another essential nutrient that is low in plants but needs to be added to the soil to ensure sufficient supply. To maintain normal Ph levels in the soil for your vegetables, you should add an equal amount of potassium and phosphorus to the plant food. Both potassium and phosphorus are plant nutrients that are not broken down when applied to the soil, so they are readily available to your vegetables. Potassium helps to regulate water and root absorption, and phosphorus helps to build the structural strength of the plant.

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