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Offers details and services on a number of simple gardening questions, protecting such issues as soil, water, pests, mulch, flora, timber, greens, and garden care.

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Nitrate is what ammonium turns into after soil microbes get done with it, so generally you will find more of this type of nitrogen in garden soil. Because nitrate is more prevalent in soils, it usually provides most of the nitrogen for plants’ growth. 42 SOIL – DEBATABLE – Plants generally use more nitrate than ammonium. Though ammonium is taken up more readily, high levels of this form of nitrogen can be toxic to plants. Under cold conditions ammonium is not readily changed into nitrate by soil microbes, so growers who are wary of ammonium damage during cool seasons will feed their plants with nitrate.

Two years ago? Can’t remember? Flower boxes are filled with material intended to keep the plants’ roots happy. Though people usually call this material soil, it actually rarely contains soil. Most soils are not appropriate for use in containers because they hold too much water and not enough air. In other words, soil usually has very poor drainage when stuffed into a container. Instead, containers should be filled with potting soil, which is also called potting medium or artificial medium. This potting soil usually includes organic materials, such as peat, coconut coir (basically the shell of the coconut), and composted pine bark, along with inorganic materials such as sand, perlite, and vermiculite.

The nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in synthetic fertilizers are usually almost immediately soluble in water, meaning that plants can take them up as soon as they are applied. This is good news for container-grown plants that are easily depleted of nutrients. Synthetic fertilizers also tend to be less expensive and more concentrated than organic fertilizers. A BETTER WAY If you are going to use organic fertilizers, then use ones that make sense ecologically. Compost and composted manure are at the top of the list, followed by things like alfalfa meal, corn gluten meal, seaweed extracts, and fish emulsion.

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