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What is the best fertiliser to side dress vegetables.

I've been using Thrive soluble all purpose plant food every two weeks for all my brassicas and lettuce.
Responding to an earlier answer regarding tomatoes, if the soil has a PH of 6.8 sould I still ad Dolmite.
What is the best way to fertilise corn both pre planting and side dressing.

Submitted: 02:03PM, 08 Jun 2010
Answer: Dear Marvic,

You can continue to give regular applications of Thrive Soluble All Purpose Plant Food every 10 – 14 days. This will enable your plants to continue to grow quickly and at the same time receive the necessary nutrients to produce leafy growth on your lettuce, top quality curds on your cauliflowers and healthy heads on your broccoli.

With regard to your tomatoes and preparing your soil for the coming spring, even with a pH of 6.8 you could still add some Dolomite Lime as calcium is needed to strengthen the cell walls of the tomato plant and fruit. Addition of Dolomite Lime will prevent blossom end rot from developing and help with general disease prevention.

When growing corn in the warmer months ahead prepare the soil well with ample amount of organic matter added as compost. A pre-planting fertiliser such as Thrive Granular All Purpose Plant Food can be applied in furrows where each row is to be sown so that the seed is not in direct contact.
Sweet corn needs plenty of nitrogen it the early stages of its development. After thinning, scatter a side dressing of nitrogen fertiliser around each plant. Repeat this treatment when the tassel first appears between the top leaves. Water regularly while the crops are growing, especially on hot days. A good soaking to field capacity once or twice a week is better than a light sprinkle every day. Cultivate between the rows to control the weeds and draw the soil around the stems to hill the polants at the same time.

Answered: 11:16AM, 10 Jun 2010

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