Growing Vegetables/Soil Test


I received the results from a soil test for my vegetable garden and the results were low in Nitrogen and Sulfur and the recommendation was to use ammonium sulfate to increase these elements. Should I incorporate this into the soil (e.g., by rototilling) or simply broadcast on the surface of the soil before (or after) planting?

It is always best to work the sulfate into the soil two weeks prior to planting. I never recommend planting immediately after because the fresh ammonium-sulfate can burn the roots.

Once you do plant, use a water soluble fertilizer once every 10 days. This should be a balanced fertilizer because too much nitrogen will promote lush foliage at the expense of fruiting. Nitrogen is great for leafy vegetables, but you want phosphorus for fruit-bearing vegetables and potassium for root vegetables, such as carrots, beets, and radishes.

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Mike Mascio


I have been an avid gardener since 1985 and an AllExpert volunteer since 1998. I specialize in soil preparation, seed starting and plant propagation, flowers, vegetables, and general landscaping. I am a strong advocate of the square foot method of gardening and the use of organic controls for pests and diseases.

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