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Fertilizing the garden


A couple of times per year we use fertilizer in the garden.

In this post I don’t go into detail to answer the many related questions such as: What kind of manure is available ? In what quantities should I spread it ? At what time of year should it be put onto the garden? Where can you get it? Etc. There are many websites that will give you that information and more. Here I only tell what we did and when we did it.

There are many different types of fertilizers on the market and we use a small selection of them. Some of these are packaged for certain uses or types of plants. We mostly use the more general types that often require different application methods.

On the foto three of them are shown. From left to right:

  • Cow Manure. One of the two most popular manures. It is a good soil improver and contains high levels of nutrients. The fresh version is a bit dirty to handle. Hence we use a dried grain version. It is easy to handle and has a timed dosage, it is a slow release fertilizers. We spread it with hands full under most of our shrubs, sometimes entering from above.
  • An other slow release but artificial fertilizers is the one in the middle. This is lawn-fertilizer that we use for the ground-covers. These are small grains that we mostly spread by hand.
  • The one on the right is calcium in grains. This is applied to the plants and to the ground-covers. Again spread out by hand.

    The latter two require a dry surface at the time of spreading

The most effective time of year to top dress is in the spring, as the plants begin to grow, but it can be done any time during the growing season if the plants require a boost. September/October is the last time we apply fertilizer to the garden as during these months there is still growth and it will offer a good start early next spring.

Related: Plants and planting (Shokobutsu) in Tsubo-en, Regular activities and cleaning-up.