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Old 06-02-2008, 09:10 AM   #1
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I need nitrogen, quick!

Tested the soil in my gardens, NO nitrogen.
Aside from a few good lighnting storms and the puny amount of coffee grounds I generate every day, how can I add some, quickly and cheaply?
I'm hoping to plant today and tomorrow, between rain showers.

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Old 06-02-2008, 09:42 AM   #2
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Pour a couple of pints of Guinness in there?
(Probably won't work, but it is carbonated with a Nitrogen/CO2 mix).
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:02 AM   #3
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Hi Suzie, I don't know how big your garden is, so I may be shooting in the dark. Most plant foods have a bunch of Nitrogen in them. Go to a garden store and get a bag of fertilizer. Work it into the soil. Unless your garden is huge it shoulden't be too expensive.

If it is somewhat small look into miraclke grow.

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I have 2 actually, plus 2 big flower beds. total veggie space I guess 25' x25'? I'm not good at guessing.
I bought some Miracle grow to put in the flower bed, But I think I may have to just go buy some blood meal at home depot.... i looked at bone meal but I have an abundance of phosphorus already, dont want to add that with it.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:21 AM   #5
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You should be able to thing out ammonia based cleaning solution and pour it on. Just get it pretty thin, you don't want to burn the plants or seeds.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:23 AM   #6
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Glad you asked, suzie. When you go to the home center, p/u manure. They sell the "non-sinky" kind now adays.
After that, just keept putting your grass clipping on. This will keep your weed down too, as long as the grass doesn't have weed seed in it.

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I did put a 40 lb bag in each flower bed. barely got it everywhere. I think I'd need about 20 bags, at 1.50 each...... can't right now.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:27 PM   #8
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A balanced fertilizer 10-10-10 or 13-13-13 etc. from Wally World, Home Depot, Lowe's etc...should do what you need...
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:42 PM   #9
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The best fertilizer you can get is natural composted vegetation with added manure, or equally good, redworm casings. But if you can't get these, then purchase slow release fertiizers. It has been found that fertilizers that release their nitrogen compounds and other nutrients slowly, allow the plants to grow more slowly, giving them time to absorb nutrients from the soil, and the fruits or veggies that grow on them to gather create the beneficial compounds, such as vitamins, minerals, and phyto compounds in greater concentration, than when quick release fertilizers are used. By using organic fertilizers such as manure and worm casings, you produce is healthier for you.

For a long time, I believed that fertilizer was fertilizer, except that most comercial varieties contain nitrogen rich salts that will over salinate soil over time, making it unusable in the long run.

It turns out that organic foods are healthier after all. Now, I just have to convince my eldest son about that. he sees no value in using organic products and believes that it just makes things more expensive.

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Pour a couple of pints of Guinness in there?
(Probably won't work, but it is carbonated with a Nitrogen/CO2 mix).
actually a good idea, and even better if you drink it first! , more nitrogen that way
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