If your garden was planted four weeks ago, that means it’s time to fertilize! We use a four week schedule with our organic fertilizer because it does not have any slow release chemicals. Our method of fertilizer starts with a base of either worm castings, or organic soil. One great benefit of worm castings is the level of micronutrients it contains that help give a boost to our NPK fertilizer.
Once you’ve selected your base, mix in the recommended amount of fertilizer for each bed. The reason we mix the fertilizer in with abase is to ensure an even coverage through the whole garden. There is most likely a variety of veggies growing in your beds with a range of maturities. Larger plants that produce vegetables (like brassica’s and peppers) are going to be heavier feeders that want a more generous portion of fertilizer. Other plants like herbs, greens, and peas are lighter feeders. We always want to make sure we’re distributing fertilizer to the whole bed, but keep in mind that some plants will want more handfuls, while others just require a light, even sprinkling.
Too much fertilizer straight on the roots of delicate plants can cause burning of the roots. Just another reason it’s so important to mix your fertilizer with a base, and also thoroughly mix the fertilizer into the soil!