You may remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned my second attempt at growing a vegetable garden. After my first go around – where I fed the animals who snuck into my yard more than my family – I did not have very high hopes for my second attempt. However this time I made a few changes to how I began my garden – one of which being the inclusion of Pennington Smart 1 Feed to the soil.
Pennington has decades of experience when it comes to growing vigorous, long lasting plants. For plants that blossom, flowers that bloom and big, red, juicy tomatoes, you need to start with the right foundation. Pennington’s new Smart 1 Feed™ line of specialty fertilizers continuously feeds your plants for up to 8 months, nourishing them with the nutrients they need, just when they need them.
The first thing I loved about Pennington Smart 1 Feed was the TIME that it would feed my veggies. The joke around here is how “high maintenance” my girls are because they want to get fed like EVERY DAY. So- EIGHT MONTHS of feeding my plants?!!? That’s like…. FEBRUARY! I’m in!
But, there is a lot more you should know about fertilizing your yard – whether grass, flowers, or vegetables – and Pennington has a product for it all. Like for instance, I always thought fertilizer was just fertilizer – and you could use one kind on anything and everything you have. (hey, I am no green thumb, we know this) Pennington does have the All-Purpose, which is what I used, but they also have specific formulas for other types of plants to give the maximum results.
Pennington® Smart 1 Feed™ consists of a complete line of long-lasting, specialty premium fertilizers designed for efficient feeding, proper nutrition and healthy plant growth. The line features mix variations that have been customized for various growing environments, plant types and application needs, taking the guesswork out of mix selection. There are five mix variations, including: All-Purpose; Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron (ACR); Bulb & Bloom; Citrus & Avocado; and Rose & Flower.
You can also OVER-fertilize stuff – something else I did not know. Since the word “moderation” does not even exist in my vocabulary, I am glad I learned this before I burnt my poor little veggies to a crisp.
Although fertilization is important to landscape development, it can also cause plant stress and be harmful when done incorrectly. Over-fertilization can cause excessive plant growth and additional water requirements. The impact can be more severe during periods of drought and high temperatures. Fertilizers are salts, and excessive amounts can damage plants by drawing water from the root zone. Plant cells in these roots begin to dehydrate and collapse, and the roots can be become “burned” – or dried out to a point where they are unable to recover.
And finally, there are times of the year that it is better to fertilize your plants – not like I have always done which is “when I get around to it.” This may also be why none of my gardening attempts have worked. My poor plants.
Traditionally, where non-slow release fertilizers are being used, plants in the Southern regions tend to require fertilizing four times a year – in the spring, early summer, late summer and fall. This is due to the long growing season. In the Northern regions, there tend to be two growing periods. The first is after the garden’s return from winter dormancy. The second is during the early fall when temperatures moderate and extreme heat spikes are over.
You can find so much information at the Pennington Knowledge Center by visiting their website, and find their awesome products at your local Home Depot.
So – DOES IT WORK? Well, I am proud to show you my ONE MONTH OLD vegetable garden (planted FROM SEEDS!), and all of my little veggies!