I have several raised gardens and will be planting soon. My question
is, should i till the fertilizer into the soil so that it impregnates
the entire 11 inch depth of the soil or is it best to layer the
fertilizer on the surface and mix it with just the top layer of soil
and allow it to gradually work its way down into the lower soil as
the garden is being watered.
Depends what you're planting... many vegetable seeds don't need
fertilizer until after they germinate and develop their true leaves.
And with fertilizer less is more, many people over fertilize and burn
As others have mentioned, it all depends on how you are going to be
using the plot of land. If you are going to plant seeds don't fertilize
now. If you are going to use it for young plants you can fertilize now
or wait until you put the plants in. As to how deep to "dig in" the
fertilizer, it depends on what you are planting. Very few vegetables
require "deep" fertilizing. Things like tomatoes have fairly shallow
roots and, for the most part, do better with "surface fertilizing".
A note on fertilizer: Too mush is a lot worse than too little. Follow
the vendor's directions and it is better to use small amounts more often
than to fertilizer all at one time.
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