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We know many of you are well-seasoned gardeners and are beyond the “basics”. But it’s important to┬ádevote pages to those who are new to gardening and just getting started.

Many beginner gardeners get discouraged when things aren’t growing so well. Whether it’s houseplants, tomatoes, or an actual garden plot, people who’ve tried it without great results tend to come away from that experience assuming they don’t have much of a green thumb.

However, chances are there are just a few simple tweaks that will make all the difference. A healthy plant and a healthy garden begins with healthy soil.1)

For healthy soil you must fertilize.


Why Fertilize?

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Plants need to be fertilized because most soils do not provide the essential nutrients required for optimum growth. Even if you are lucky enough to start with great soil, as your plants grow, they absorb nutrients and leave the soil less fertile.

By fertilizing you replenish lost nutrients and ensure your plants have the food they need to flourish.

What Kinds of Fertilizer to Use?

Fertilizers come from many sources. Synthetic fertilizers are manufactured from minerals, gasses from the air, and waste materials. Organic fertilizers, like Milorganite, obtain their nutrients from natural sources such as microbes, organic wastes, and other similar materials.

Learn the six essential nutrients on page 2.

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