by Emily M.
from Virtuous Daughters, June 2004~Volume 4, Number 3
Vegetable gardening can be fun and enjoyable if pests or diseases don't strike your plants before you can harvest your produce. Here are a few tips that might help your garden be successful.
Fertilizing Your Vegetable Garden:
Plants need to be fertilized because most soil does not provide the nutrients required for optimal growth. Even if you are blessed to have great garden soil, as your plants grow, they absorb nutrients and leave the soil less fertile. There are six primary nutrients that plants need: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Plants get plenty of the first three from air and water. That leaves three nutrients, called macronutrients. On fertilizer packages you will commonly see three numbers listed (example: 15-15-15). The first is nitrogen, the second is phosphorus, and the third is potassium.
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