Fertilizing your garden should not be as difficult as we all think. I have found great results from following some basic rules.
1. Never place any sort of fertilizer next to the trunk of the tree or plant. This contact between the plant trunk and the rich fertilizer material may burn the trunk of your precious plants and they could perish.
2. All plants have what is called a drip line. This is an imaginary circle around the plant at ground level, with a circumference the same diameter as the plant. If you were to water a plant and watch where the water falls off the leaves of the plant on the ground, then this would be where you should place your fertilizer. This is where the plant expects to find food, and is therefore the best location for providing the plant with extra food.
3. What exactly is the extra food that I should provide for my plants? Well I have amazing success with just two elements. Blood and bone, and sulphate of potash. I provide the blood and bone around every single plant. Only a small amount in a line around the drip line of the plant. Maybe a handful for most plants would be the best estimate I could give. The sulphate of potash is only added to those plants that flower.
4. The blood and bone is the extra boost that the plant needs and is a basic ingredient for success. Any plant that flowers uses certain elements to provide that boost to produce and display flowers. The sulphate of potash replaces those elements the plants uses to produce flowers. Not only are the flowers bigger, brighter and found in greater numbers, but the plant also has more growth during this time as well.
5. Finally remember to water the fertilized ground around the plants very well. Do not use a strong force of water as this may wash the fertilizer away from the drip line. Just a gentle soaking is all you will need to see a huge difference in your plants over the coming weeks and months. Then remember to repeat this every spring to give your plants that extra boost over the hot summer growing months.