I am the hands-on type of a gardener. Well, how will I learn if I don’t? When I asked farmers about 0-20-20 fertilizer and how to mix it the right way, they just replied, “You don’t have to worry about those things kid, let the store do it for you.”
However, I am the type who challenges myself. I guess I enjoy planting that much that I can afford the time and effort on mixing fertilizers. Besides, honestly, I thought it is a lot cheaper if I do it myself.
Of course, I have to make sure to do it the right way. Are you like me?
How much do you know about 0-20-20 fertilizer? For newbies out there, you should know these basic essentials. The three numbers are a reference of (NPK) nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It is simple but never interchange the orientation.
Hence, for 0-20-20 fertilizer, interpret it as 0-nitrogen, 20% phosphorus, and 20% potassium. You learn the importance of the minerals and the proper way to use it.
When buying fertilizers for the mixture, make sure to familiarize yourself with the ingredients. Dry fertilizer bags may contain the blended or single basic fertilizer. Read the label.
The amount of fertilizer you need depends on how vast or limited your area is. What I know is, the bigger the turf, the more you need. You may have your own way of calculating it, but try to check this out.
Considering that you already know how much fertilizer to apply for your turf, it is time to buy the amount of each ingredient of the mix according to ratio. See if this fertilizer calculator is useful to you.
Excuse me, but I happen to be easily confused when it comes to calculations. The first time I did this, I had a hard time. But, you do not need to make it exactly as recommended. Getting your way close to the figures is enough.
Even so, if you need a thorough example of calculations, you might find this interesting. It got me hooked for a while!
There are liquid forms of fertilizer out there, but I prefer dry ingredients. It is easier, safer and a lot cheaper. I do not know about you, but I am at home with dry fertilizers.
I remember the first time I did this blending process. I badly wanted to fertilize, but I have nobody to help me. Desperate, I only have online research to back me up. As I tried the method, many questions were going on in my mind.
I began to doubt and ended up staring at the mess, scared. Anyways, that was years ago, and here I am, telling you a bit of what I learned. “Let’s get dirty!” as they say.
For those who prefer liquid fertilizers, I have noted that it is more accurate regarding measurement and effectivity of application. I have read it somewhere, but I did not bother confirming it. Yet, I find it more hazardous during the process of mixing it than the granules.
You may have a different opinion, but as a mother, I discourage liquid chemicals in my storage. Besides, I found out that you need a special container to store them. The mixing process is different in a way, but the storage rules sure are complicated.
Now, farmers and gardeners use pre-mix fertilizers for their turf. I heard it is cheaper in bulk. However, not everyone has near access to stores who cater to those services. For me, mixing is still practical, especially that I do not have that huge area to start with.
Besides, I post this simple tutorial for folks that may like to start gardening but are newbies with this sort of thing. I know how it feels when you have the passion for creating what you love but needs guidance to do so. It is difficult starting from scratch with limited knowledge.
Well, I hope you got inspired to do the mixing on your own. Who knows, someone else may need your help too. If you have more ideas to share, feel free to drop comments and share with your friends.