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CHOOSING THE BEST FERTILIZER

Those renters with a green thumb tend to be thrilled when they discover that their new apartment has a balcony for growing flowers and small vegetable plants. Similarly, those who have recently rented a mobile home or house with a yard open to gardening become excited about the prospect of growing outdoor plants. For these outdoorsy tenants who thoroughly enjoy lush greenery, research needs to be conducted on a variety of topics to ensure that the plants they grow enjoy long, healthy lives. One of the first and foremost considerations has to do with weather.

Even for those who are accustomed to growing plants and regularly did so in past residences, new research may be in order when a move has been made from one region to another. Amateur gardeners tend to acknowledge that new plant research should be conducted when they have crossed state lines, or simply crossed the width of a state that boasts fairly divergent temperatures. However, shorter moves can still result in slight temperature changes that mean the climate is more conducive to certain plants than others. Once you have decided upon the plant types you will grow on your balcony or in your yard, you can customize your fertilizer to your specific plants.

Using Natural Fertilizer

Depending upon your personal preferences, ideology, and philosophy, you may have a strong desire for natural fertilizer. Because there has been such a growing trend toward natural fertilizers, pesticides, and other plant-related products in recent years, you will most likely find yourself with a plentiful selection regardless of where you move. Many health food and "green" product and green kitchen organization shops now sell several different selections within this category of fertilizer. As employees in these stores are quite often well versed in the applications of various natural products, you may consider asking for advice if you are new to growing a certain plant type (or simply new to growing within a given region).

There are still designations with the classification of natural fertilizers you will need to choose among. The primary factor determining which designation you will choose is where you are growing your plants. Are yours indoor potted plants that sit in a window sill, potted plants that soak up sunlight on the patio, or are they plants that spread out their roots in your yard? Different growing scenarios present different needs in terms of how your plants absorb nutrients. For instance, liquid fertilizer is typically recommended for container plants as it best suits their specific needs. If you have shrubs or roses bushes, base feeding is best.

Considering Time and Season

Another realm in which research is critical is that of how your plants should receive their fertilizer. Just as it is possible to over water a plant to the point that you risk drowning it, it is certainly possible to supply too much fertilizer to a plant. For certain plants, providing fertilizer is discouraged through the winter, as any new growth encouraged based upon the feeding can be quickly destroyed. This is an area in which there is hardly a solid rule that applies across the spectrum.

All plants have their own unique growing seasons, best feeding times, needs when it comes to preventing or eliminating blight, and more. One of these specified needs concerns the type of fertilizer you eventually use. Choosing the best fertilizer should prove simple once you have learned the facts of the plants you wish to grow. One idea some tenants new to an apartment building have found helpful is to consult with the neighbors.

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