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What the hell do these mean?

Have you ever been confused about the three little numbers on the front of your fertilizer and nutrients? It’s okay, we have all been there. Let us break it down for you.

N-P-K explained:

Nitrogen – (N) – “Used for leaf development and growth. Most plants take nitrogen from the soil continuously throughout their lives, and nitrogen demand usually increases as plant size increases. A plant supplied with adequate nitrogen grows rapidly and produces large amounts of succulent, green foliage. Providing adequate nitrogen allows an annual crop, such as corn, to grow to full maturity, rather than delaying it. ” Click to read more about Nitrogen

Phosphorus – (P) – “Phosphorus (P) is vital to plant growth and is found in every living plant cell. It is involved in several key plant functions, including energy transfer, photosynthesis, transformation of sugars and starches, nutrient movement within the plant and transfer of genetic characteristics from one generation to the next.” Click to read more about Phosphorus

Potassium (K) – “Plants depend upon K to regulate the opening and closing of stomates…the pores through which leaves exchange carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, and oxygen (O2) with the atmosphere. Proper functioning of stomates is essential for photosynthesis, water and nutrient transport, and plant cooling.” Click to read more about Potassium


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It’s hot out, water your shit

“It’s hot out, water your shit. Throw some silica in on hot days.” – Ms. Margaret


More information on Silica:

“Silicon seems to benefit certain plants when they are under stress.  It has been found to improve drought tolerance and delay wilting in certain crops where irrigation is withheld and may enhance the plant’s ability to resist micronutrient and other metal toxicities (i.e. aluminum, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, etc.).  Also, silicon has been found to help increase stem strength.”

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Ms. Margaret’s Garden Advice

 If you’ve visited Lovie’s Garden Supply, you’ve probably met the owner, Ms. Margaret.

She singlehandedly opened Lovie’s Garden Supply nine years ago and as an active member of the Middletown community, she realizes the need for accessible gardening knowledge.

That is why we at Lovie’s Garden Supply are happy to introduce ‘Ms. Margaret’s Garden Advice’ – an online archive of gardening tips, tricks and wisdom passed down from the garden guru herself.