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How to fertilize naturally. A summary of methods from the past which include using fish, ammonia, wood ashes, bone meal, chimney soot, timed-release fertilizers, compost, salt and seaweed, and meals.
AMERICANA May-Jun 1979 (v.7#2) pg. 26

A look at nitrogen fixation. Covers the role of nitrogen in plants, the origins of soil nitrogen, and symbiotic nitrogen fixation.
COUNTRYSIDE Mar 1978 (v.62#3) pg. 22

Questions about applying wood and coal ashes to a garden are answered.
COUNTRYSIDE Mar 1983 (v.67#3) pg. 23

The use and application of organic fertilizers.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Feb 1985 (v.69#2) pg. 13

Advantages of testing the pH level of soil and liming to supply nutrients and make other nutrients become more readily available for healthier plants.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1988 (v.72#1) pg. 39

Foliar feeding helps plants thrive. When and how to add nutrients right where they're needed.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1990 (v.74#6) pg. 10

Advice on boosting yields with a mid-season feeding.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL May-Jun 1991 (v.75#3) pg. 7

How to determine the fertilizer value of barnyard manure.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1993 (v.77#1) pg. 69

Tips on using wood ashes and manure tea in your garden.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1994 (v.78#1) pg. 59

How to improve plant growth with foliar feeding.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1997 (v.81#4) pg. 39

The do's and don'ts of plant feeding.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #80 Jun 1964 (v.14#3) pg. 50

Wordless Workshop shows how to make a stake to drive holes in the ground around a tree's drip line so fertilizer can be added.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #340 Jul-Aug 1993 (v.43#7) pg. 88

How to make a canister that fits on the end of drip irrigation tubing so fertilizer can be delivered to specific plants.
FINE GARDENING #20 Jul-Aug 1991 pg. 10

A buyer's guide to fertilizers. An explanation of soil testing, fertilizer forms, nutrient formulations, and organic vs. synthetic.
FINE GARDENING #23 Jan-Feb 1992 pg. 34

Slow-release fertilizers. How they work and how to decide which type suits your plants and soil conditions.
FINE GARDENING #30 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 58

Hazards of storing fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides close together.
FINE GARDENING #32 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 6

Tip describes using a funnel for applying fertilizer.
FINE GARDENING #52 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 10

Advice on fertilizing low-growing plants.
FINE GARDENING #52 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 18

Tip recommends using lengths of plastic pipe to get fertilizer down to root zones of deep-rooted plants.
FINE GARDENING #66 Mar-Apr 1999 pg. 10

How to identify the nutrient that is lacking in your vegetable plants and how to apply a fertilizer to correct the inadequacy.
FLOWER & GARDEN Feb-Mar 1984 (v.28#2) pg. 70

Using lime as a top dressing to neutralize the acidity of fertilizer.
FLOWER & GARDEN Feb-Mar 1985 (v.29#2) pg. 56

Fertilizer guidelines for fruit trees and fruit plants.
FLOWER & GARDEN Feb-Mar 1986 (v.30#2) pg. 58

Tips on using wood stove or fireplace ashes in the garden.
FLOWER & GARDEN Feb-Mar 1988 (v.32#2) pg. 69

Advice on how to use wood ashes in the garden.
GARDEN GATE #6 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 28

How to brew oak-leaf tea to feed to acid-loving plants.
GARDEN GATE #11 Oct 1996 pg. 5

Nutrient know-how. A summary of the 13 soil elements that are essential to plants, their role in plant growth and the effects of too much. Advice on selecting and applying fertilizer.
GARDEN GATE #14 Apr 1997 pg. 30

Information on all-nitrogen fertilizers and where to buy them.
GARDEN GATE #17 Oct 1997 pg. 40

How to tell when manure is well-rotted and how to make manure tea with fresh manure.
GARDEN GATE #19 Feb 1998 pg. 39

Advice on how to fertilize when there is a weed barrier and stone mulch around shrubs.
GARDEN GATE #24 Dec 1998 pg. 38

Diagnostic horticulture. How to measure your soil's fertility and select which organic fertilizer to use.
HARROWSMITH #36 Jun-Jul 1981 (v.5#8) pg. 69

The planning and soil preparation for a summer vegetable garden. Includes tips on overcoming an acid soil pH, organic composting and making a biodegradable insecticide and fertilizer.
HARROWSMITH #61 Jun-Jul 1985 (v.10#1) pg. 112

Bone meal as the perfect fertilizer for tulip bulbs is disputed.
HARROWSMITH #70 Nov-Dec 1986 (v.11#4) pg. 41

A description of foliar feeding and tips for home-garden spraying.
HARROWSMITH #86 Jul-Aug 1989 (v.14#2) pg. 100C

Tips on using wood ashes as a garden fertilizer.
HARROWSMITH COUNTRY LIFE #119 Dec 1994 (v.19) pg. 73

Into the mouths of herbs. Advice on nutrients needed by herbs. When and how to apply fertilizers.
HERB COMPANION Feb-Mar 1991 (v.3#3) pg. 9

Liquid herbs, a plant-based fertilizer formula.
HERB COMPANION Apr-May 1998 (v.10#4) pg. 52

Tips on stimulating (fertilizing) flowering plants during hot weather using coffee grounds, potato peels, or gelatin.
HOME MECHANIX #735 Jul 1989 (v.85) pg. 10

Fall fertilizing tips for lawn and shrubs.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1989 (v.14#9) pg. 16

Chart of organic or natural (chemical-free) fertilizers to use in your garden.
HOMEOWNER May 1990 (v.15#4) pg. 64

How to feed your lawn and garden better for less money. Selecting the correct fertilizer for various uses.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1982 (v.7#3) pg. 42

Brewing manure tea. Step-by-step instructions.
HORTICULTURE May 1990 (v.68#5) pg. 44

Nitrogen fixation. How to make your legumes more self-sufficient. (1) Examining nodules on plant roots. (2) Inoculate the seed and soil to improve nitrogen fixation. (3) Control the nitrogen levels in the soil.
HORTICULTURE May 1990 (v.68#5) pg. 54

Tip on avoiding over-fertilization of trees when using lawn fertilizer.
HORTICULTURE Jul 1990 (v.68#7) pg. 10

The pros and cons of using horse manure as fertilizer.
HORTICULTURE Jan 1991 (v.69#1) pg. 10

Nutrient recycling. Keeping soil fertile through the use of animal manure, cover crops and compost.
HORTICULTURE Jun-Jul 1992 (v.70#6) pg. 27

Fish trimmings, buried in the garden, recommended as a naturally balanced fertilizer.
KITCHEN GARDEN #2 Apr-May 1996 pg. 10

An explanation of what the numbers on fertilizer mean.
KITCHEN GARDEN #2 Apr-May 1996 pg. 12

How to make a comfrey tea fertilizer.
KITCHEN GARDEN #6 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 8

An explanation of what guano is and the controversy over its use as a fertilizer.
KITCHEN GARDEN #8 Apr-May 1997 pg. 16

Guidelines for using cow manure in compost or when applied directly to garden soil so E. coli bacteria and other pathogenic organisms will not create a health risk.
KITCHEN GARDEN #9 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 15
Added Info KITCHEN GARDEN #10 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 6

Manure tea, what it is and how to make a home-garden-size recipe.
KITCHEN GARDEN #9 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 68

An explanation of fertilizer bag numbers that represent plant nutrients.
KITCHEN GARDEN #10 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 14

Fertilizer au naturel. A general guide to manure and information about manures from specific animals and birds.
KITCHEN GARDEN #12 Dec 1997-Jan 1998 pg. 55

How to make rabbit manure tea.
KITCHEN GARDENER #19 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 6

Fertilizing. Understanding the role of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the garden.
KITCHEN GARDENER #21 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 30

An explanation of the nitrogen cycle and how a gardener can assist nature to make it available to plants.
KITCHEN GARDENER #23 Oct-Nov 1999 pg. 8

How to use seaweed to invigorate plants and enrich the soil. Composting instructions and use of liquid seawed.
KITCHEN GARDENER #23 Oct-Nov 1999 pg. 26

Fertilizer. Excerpted from "Grow It", a guide to small-scale farming.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #18 Nov 1972 pg. 18

Convert a 50-gallon steel drum into a manure teapot.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #33 May 1975 pg. 24

Kickabrew grow juice to mix for your plants. A mixture of fish emulsion, kelp, cow manure and water.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #57 May-Jun 1979 pg. 36

Make your own garden fertilizer.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #75 May-Jun 1982 pg. 36

Treat your garden to a helping of nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer by learning how to make the most of manure.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #80 Mar-Apr 1983 pg. 42

Foliar feeding. How nutrient leaf sprays can boost your gardens health and productivity. When and how to apply liquid fertilizer to plant leaves.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #111 May-Jun 1988 pg. 58

Grow powder. Understanding natural soil amendments so you can mix up a batch of fertilizer that's "personalized" for your needs.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #114 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 108

How to use your wood ashes as garden fertilizer. It is an excellent source of potash and calcium carbonate.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1977 (v.24#2) pg. 160

Tips on mixing organic fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING May 1977 (v.24#5) pg. 78

How to use chicken manure in a garden.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jun 1977 (v.24#6) pg. 76

A description of a program to enrich the fertility of orchard soil.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jun 1977 (v.24#6) pg. 93

How to apply "manure tea" fertilizer to a garden with a homemade drip irrigation system.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1977 (v.24#7) pg. 92

A look at using sewage sludge in the garden. How to avoid sludge with heavy metal content and tips on sludge application.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep 1977 (v.24#9) pg. 40

A look at how to use seaweed, shells and fish scraps as garden fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep 1977 (v.24#9) pg. 148

A description of using fish as garden fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING Dec 1977 (v.24#12) pg. 86

How to make manure tea.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1978 (v.25#1) pg. 142

A look at what to feed your vegetables, fruit trees and shrubs during midsummer to increase their yield.
ORGANIC GARDENING Aug 1978 (v.25#8) pg. 24

A look at the value of bone meal as a fertilizer and suggestions for recycling meat bones by grinding your own bone meal.
ORGANIC GARDENING Oct 1978 (v.25#10) pg. 26

How to use manure as a source of plant nutrients.
ORGANIC GARDENING Dec 1978 (v.25#12) pg. 52

How to locate free manure.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep 1979 (v.26#9) pg. 148

A look at greensand as a fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING Nov 1979 (v.26#11) pg. 16

How to grow disease-resistant plants by maintaining a proper potash-nitrogen balance in your soil.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1980 (v.27#1) pg. 38

A look at the benefits of wood ashes in the garden.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1980 (v.27#2) pg. 94

How to make compost (manure) tea and a water barrel to store it in for easy feeding.
ORGANIC GARDENING Aug 1980 (v.27#8) pg. 78

Choosing and using manure.
ORGANIC GARDENING Oct 1980 (v.27#10) pg. 40

How to stockpile wood ashes for use as garden fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING Dec 1980 (v.27#12) pg. 40

Tip: Use the water from fish aquariums as a plant food.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1981 (v.28#1) pg. 25

Leaf feedings for stressed plants. How to mix and apply leaf sprays of seaweed and manure tea to give your plants a needed boost.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1981 (v.28#7) pg. 59

An organic scavenger. Tips on collecting and using leaves, grass clippings, manures, wood chips and spoiled hay.
ORGANIC GARDENING Oct 1981 (v.28#10) pg. 46

Using fresh manure in the garden. Some tips.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep 1982 (v.29#9) pg. 67

Adding organic matter to soil is the best way to improve a garden.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1983 (v.30#3) pg. 79
Correction ORGANIC GARDENING May 1983 (v.30#5) pg. 9

How to provide adequate potash for your plants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1984 (v.31#4) pg. 58

Tips on fertilizing grass, organically.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep 1984 (v.31#9) pg. 42

Some tips on using fish emulsion as fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING Oct 1984 (v.31#10) pg. 52

Tip: Human hair is a good source of nitrogen for the garden.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1985 (v.32#2) pg. 117

Using phosphorous, a main ingredient in fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jun 1985 (v.32#6) pg. 40

Brown gold. The rewards of manuring and how to reap them.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1985 (v.32#7) pg. 34

Understanding organic fertilizers. Includes six formulas for all-purpose fertilizers.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1986 (v.33#2) pg. 48

Human hair clippings recommended as nitrogen supplement for the soil.
ORGANIC GARDENING Oct 1986 (v.33#10) pg. 19

Building soil with bonemeal. Insert tells how to make your own bonemeal from waste meat bones.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1988 (v.35#1) pg. 30

An explanation of the disadvantages to using synthetic plant foods in the garden.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1988 (v.35#2) pg. 43

Tip: Use crushed eggshells as a "free" source for calcium.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1989 (v.36#2) pg. 85

Tips on fertilizing houseplants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1990 (v.37#1) pg. 18

How to make your own fish emulsion to fertilize plants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1990 (v.37#2) pg. 20

An explanation of the ingredients in packaged organic and natural fertilizers.
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1991 (v.38#4) pg. 37

A recipe for two homemade fertilizer blends (a high-growth spring treatment and one for blooms, fruits and roots).
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1991 (v.38#4) pg. 84

Tip describes how to use plastic 2-liter soda bottles to direct manure tea or water right to the roots of heavy-feeders.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul-Aug 1992 (v.39#6) pg. 62

Advice on the use of bonemeal for fertilizing tulip and daffodil bulbs.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep-Oct 1992 (v.39#7) pg. 24

Advice on organic fertilizers for houseplants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1993 (v.40#2) pg. 19

Information on methanol foliar spraying for water-stressed plants in need of carbon.
ORGANIC GARDENING May-Jun 1993 (v.40#5) pg. 24

Advice on using environmentally benign lime in the garden.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1994 (v.41#3) pg. 22

An explanation of when and how to apply foliar spray fertilizers.
ORGANIC GARDENING May-Jun 1994 (v.41#5) pg. 23

Formula for a "sun tea" fertilizer made from water and goat (or other animal) droppings.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1995 (v.42#3) pg. 106

Using tree leaves as mulch, fertilizer and soil-builder.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep-Oct 1995 (v.42#7) pg. 43

Recipe for nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer made from seaweed.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1996 (v.43#3) pg. 107

A guide to organic fertilizers. How to take care of problems revealed by soil tests.
ORGANIC GARDENING May-Jun 1996 (v.43#5) pg. 55

Advice on how to incorporate coffee grounds into the garden as fertilizer.
ORGANIC GARDENING Dec 1996 (v.43#9) pg. 19

Seafood sprays for foliar feeding of plants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul-Aug 1997 (v.44#6) pg. 47

How to brew manure tea.
SUNSET Jul 1977 (v.159#1) pg. 166

Fertilizer facts and folklore.
SUNSET Apr 1984 (v.172#4) pg. 118

Foliar feeding. A guide to fertilizing plants through their leaves, the fastest way to supply nutrients to a plant.
SUNSET Mar 1986 (v.176#3) pg. 264

A guide to reading the labels on liquid fertilizers.
SUNSET Nov 1986 (v.177#5) pg. 249

Tips on getting controlled-release fertilizers to work as they're supposed to by providing contact with moisture.
SUNSET Apr 1987 (v.178#4) pg. 260

A look at liquid lawn fertilizers and how to apply them.
SUNSET Nov 1989 (v.183#5) pg. 204

The facts on fertilizer. What works best, how much to use and when to apply it for healthy lawns, trees and flowers.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #834 Apr 1999 (v.95) pg. 43

A brief look at which fertilizers are best for houseplants.
WOMAN'S DAY Oct 23 1978 (v.42#2) pg. 244