Fertilizers and Soil Amendments

There are many ways to provide nutrients to meet crop needs and to build up a reservoir of nutrients in the soil. This section provides an overview of fertilizers and amendments commonly used in vegetable production systems.

Fertilizer recommendations for vegetable crops should be made in conjunction with a soil test report. Repeated use of the same amendments without regard to soil test level will likely lead to excess levels of certain elements, nutrient imbalances, poor return on fertilizer investment, and increased risk of nutrient losses to the environment.