Start your plants off right and make fertilizing a part of your growing program as soon as your plants have true leaves.
All plants may need the same basic nutrients, but they don't all need them in the same amounts
The right amount of fertilizer is important--you do not want too much, nor too little. Either extreme can cause problems in the garden
Learn what the numbers mean on fertilizer packaging (such as 10-10-10 or 5-10-5). This will make it easy to choose the right fertilizer for the right plant.
Be sure to age and/or compost manure before using it in your garden. Fresh manure will harm plants--it's just too much of a good thing!
Plants have different fertilization requirements at different stages of growth. It's worth taking the time to learn what each needs and when.
Pay attention to the smaller micronutrient needs of your plants. Many problems of growth and disease can be avoided by applying the right micronutrient fertilizers.
Plants need their soils to be within optimal pH ranges in order to access and uptake fertilizers and nutrients. Don't forget to test your soil so you know your soil's pH level!
Fruit trees and orchards have unique fertilization needs, too, and they depend a lot on the right timing.