what is a recommended general plant food/helper that can help my plants and garden grow?


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What you need is a well balanced fertilizer. Of the three listed above the last one is the best for your purpose. These liquid fertilizers must be applied more than pelleted fertilizers do. I would say the Espoma line of fertilizers are best overall for online purchases, both liquid and pelleted. Generally speaking the NPK numbers on organic fertilizers are not that important as compared to synthetic/oil based fertilizers. For all around plant growth the first number, nitrogen, is for foliar growth. The second number is phosphorus which generally helps in blooming and the third number is for potash which is needed basically for plant growth and health. Organic fertilizers will have many other minerals included such as magnesium and iron. There are many soil amendments one can add which feed the soil and in turn the plants themselves.
 
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ahh thank you for this information!

So I will go ahead and start with the last one in the link. Is there anything I should be adding to really help out my veggies and blooming of my shrubs? any other additions you guys recommend?
 
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ahh thank you for this information!

So I will go ahead and start with the last one in the link. Is there anything I should be adding to really help out my veggies and blooming of my shrubs? any other additions you guys recommend?
I don't know your situation but about the very best thing you can do is add compost tea. It is amazing stuff and very cheap. Go to the organic gardening forum on this site and read the Compost and Compost Tea thread I wrote telling a little about how to start.
 
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Containers, what I am doing now. I am using regular old miracle gro all purpose plant food. In the large containers it is working out well. Small containers not as much, but I suspect local conditions play a factor- it is seriously hot here.

Have not picked out a calcium that I will need more sooner then later for the tomato and squash.
 
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Containers, what I am doing now. I am using regular old miracle gro all purpose plant food. In the large containers it is working out well. Small containers not as much, but I suspect local conditions play a factor- it is seriously hot here.

Have not picked out a calcium that I will need more sooner then later for the tomato and squash.
Before you start adding calcium you should make sure that you need it. If I am not mistaken NW La has acidic soils and if it does then you will (probably) need added calcium. About the best you can get for acidic soils is calcium carbonate. It comes under different trade names. Rock phosphate is great and so is rock powder. Powdered limestone is OK but it is SLOW acting when compared to the above.
 
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After I first set up the containers along with coming here looking for info/advice I started to read as much as I could find. One thing that came up often was blossom end rot as an issue with container tomato and squash, and the need to dose with calcium to prevent. I was just going to give a dose so the issue did not come up.

The soil here is acidic, I am going with more so at my loc being it was used for pine farming for some time.
I can wait and see, the squash have some sets, tomato have not bloomed yet.
 
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After I first set up the containers along with coming here looking for info/advice I started to read as much as I could find. One thing that came up often was blossom end rot as an issue with container tomato and squash, and the need to dose with calcium to prevent. I was just going to give a dose so the issue did not come up.

The soil here is acidic, I am going with more so at my loc being it was used for pine farming for some time.
I can wait and see, the squash have some sets, tomato have not bloomed yet.
Calcium is a strange thing. Sometimes plants can uptake it and other times not. It depends on, I believe, the source of the calcium. Here where I live in alkaline soil there is calcium everywhere but plants have a difficult time uptaking it. Then there are places in acidic soil where very little calcium is available and plants starve for it. Where I live Blossom End Rot runs rampant even though the soil is chock full of calcium. If I don't add Epsom Salts I won't get many tomatoes. As @headfullofbees stated woodash is a great soil amendment for acidic soils but you must know your soils Ph. Woodash in lightly acidic soils, about 6.5 or so may be a detriment to plant growth. KInow your soils Ph before adding a lot of anything to it. It is easy to add to but difficult to subtract from.
 
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Hi all, thanks for replies.

So as of now, I am just using Fox product and liquid kelp and will be mixing with water. Seems I can use both of them since Kelp can be added to existing fertilizer. I will experiment and definitely keep you guys posted on my veggies.

as for my outdoor decorative plants, I will be using Miracle grow and Liquid Kelp every week or 2 and see how they turn out. Will also keep you guys posted.

When I start going into tomatoes and fruiting type veggies/fruits I will add other stuff such as calcium and what not but will do more research

thanks for all of your feed back! Also going to try out woodash for veggies that dont like acid.
 

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