Should I Be Fertilizing My Garden?

Plants do need nutrition, and there could be any number of ways to give it to them, including fertilizer. But the question of whether or not to use it depends on many factors.

In this article, Garden Kneeler Club will look at the impact of garden fertilizer on three different types of gardens: Flowers, vegetables and herbs.


To give nutrition to plants, like flowers, knowing how to fertilize soil is important. But there is one thing sure here. Using an organic garden soil fertilizer the way to go. Synthetic garden fertilizers, which have strong chemicals in them, can put too much nitrogen into them. The leaves will have a scorched appearance.

So how often should you fertilize flowers? Much of this depends on what region of the country you live in. For example, if you live in northern regions, if you fertilize once each growing season, you’re fine. In the south, growing seasons are longer, so you would apply it again later during that season.

Otherwise, be sure to read the fertilizer instructions to make sure you’re applying the right fertilizer and at the right time.

So whether or not you should use it here is really up to you.


You don’t have to worry about buying garden fertilizer here, because there are safe, organic ways to create fertilizer right at home. The organic fertilizing methods we’ll describe here cannot possibly hurt your vegetables. In fact, it will only help them.

Basically, it involves composting on a small scale. We’re going to talk about two items that should be in your kitchen, and what they contribute to your soil. Those items are eggshells and used coffee grounds.

Eggshells. These are very high in calcium. After you’ve cracked the eggs from their shells, grind them into a powder, and keep them in a container. Work that calcium into your vegetable garden. It will help your plants build cell walls and will prevent blossom end rot.

Coffee grounds. After you’ve had your java, empty the used grounds into a container, and add them to your soil to give them a nitrogen boost, and as it decomposes, it adds beneficial organic matter to the soil.

So don’t worry about fertilizing your vegetable garden, especially if you do it organically.


Yes, fertilizing a garden is even possible with your herbs. And what works for vegetables will work for your herbs too. We’re talking about composting.

For example, you can use ground eggshell powder for calcium, coffee grounds for nitrogen. You can definitely use uneaten vegetables and a host of other things that will decompose naturally into your soil, making it healthy and ideal for growing your herbs.


So should you fertilize your garden? As we have seen, fertilizing will not hurt your garden, if done correctly. And the ease of using things like eggshells, coffee grounds and other items to put nutrients into your soil makes the prospect of seeing your garden grow that much more thrilling.