Nitrogen Needed


March 23, 2017 by Buffy

I knew I had some soil problems last Summer when I planted enough plants to feed the whole county and only produced enough produce for my family. I thought my soil ph was probably off so I added 300 pounds of lime to the garden. Little did I know, that wasn’t the problem. Several weeks ago I sent in my soil to be analyzed.  My soil sample came back with a great ph of 6.9. (It must have needed  all that lime!). The alarming problem is that my soil lacks nitrogen!  Great new!  Now I know the problem.  Let me grab a bag of nitrogen and get this problem fixed.  Well it is not that simple.  The report says  I should add the nitrogen in three doses.  I guess that was their polite way of saying don’t burn your garden up trying to fix this all in one dose.  I have been researching fertilizer sources.  I have abundant supplies of horse and chicken poop.  That would be great right? Wrong!  While it would help my nitrogen deficancy it would also add additional nutrients that my soil already has in excess.  So now I’m researching straight nitrogen sources like blood meal, feather meal, urea and fish emulsions.  I’m also learning about nitrogen evaporation.  Which means if I run out and grab a bag now to put on the garden most of it will evaporate before I get the garden planted since I’m still several weeks from planting.  This is complicated!  So I will keep researching and studying until the weekend and then weather permitting I going to add some nitrogen to my beautiful garden soil.  Do you have any recommendations for how to solve my nitrogen deficancy? 


3 thoughts on “Nitrogen Needed

  1. Wow! Keep us updated. Not that it will help now, but I always sow a cover crop in the fall and then turn it over in the spring about a month before I plant. When the cover crop breaks down, it provides nitrogen. The last time I did a soil test I was still a little low in nitrogen so I bought some feathermeal (dried, ground up poultry feathers) and applied it when I tilled up the garden for spring. From my understanding, it’s high in nitrogen but slowly releases it so you don’t burn up the garden. If you have a good extension office, they might be able to help, too. We gotta have those veggies!!

  2. mountaingmom says:

    Though it will take a while, plant field peas or vetch as a cover crop each off season and cut it (don’t till it) at the beginning of the grow season. Plant nitrogen fixers and rotate them. Tilling is very hard on the nitrogen in your garden.

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