How to
replenish your soil for this years vegetable crop.
The vegetable man, want to plant pumpkins in a small garden plow 25 ft wide
and 25 ft long. This means he has a 25ft X 25ft=625 sq ft to fertilize. The
vegetable man now called the pumpkin man check the
chart and from previous experience of natural losses , that he needs about
1.5 kg of nitrogen and 0.5 kg of phosphorus per 100 m square (3 lbs N/100 sq ft
and 1 lb P/1000 sq ft).
Additional potassium is seldom required, but its level should be checked
preiodically with a soil test. Very sandy areas and peaty or high organic areas
are exceptions in that soils in there areas are often deficient in potassium.
The pumpkin man soil is silt loam with a excellent supply of organic
matter, does not require additional potassium at this time.
The proper way to calculate the amount of fertilizer to apply is to divide
the number of kilograms or pounds of nutrient required in 100 m squared or 1000
sq ft y percentage of nutrient in the fertilizer.
Since the pumpkin man soil is slightly basic ( high PH, he wants to use
monoammmonium phosphate 11.550 and ammonium sulphate 210000 which are both
acidic in nature. The pumpkin man starts by calculating how much phosphorus to
apply.
1 lb of phosphrous required 1.0
 =  = 1.8 lbs of 11550 per 1000 sq ft
55%/100 0.55
Since the fertilizer 115500 also supplies some nitrogen, the pumpkin man
needs to know how much actual nitrogen is in the 1.8 lbs will be applying. He
does this by multiplying(instead of dividing) the weight of nitrogen required
by the percentage of nitrogen in the 11550.
1.8 lb of 11550 X 11%/100=1.8 X0.11=0.2 lbs of nitrogen per 1000sq feet..
The pumpkin man wants to apply a total of 3 lb of nitrogen per 1000 sq ft.
Therefore, he must subtract the amount of nitrogen being applied in the
115500.
3.0 lb  0.2 lbs=2.8 lbs of nitrogen still needed..
Now he can calculate how much 2100 to apply..
2.8 lbs of nitrogen required 2.8
 =  = 13.3 lbs of 2100/1000 sq ft
21%/100 0.21
But the pumpkin man garden in not 1000 sq ft so less fertilizer is required
to bring nutrients back up to optimum levels. To calculate the right amounts of
fertilizer, he divides the weight by 1000 sq ft and multiplies by his true area
of 625 ft..
1.8 lb of 11550
 X 625 sq ft = 1.2 lb of 11550
1000sq ft
13.3 lbs of 2100
 X 625 sq ft = 8.3 lbs of 210000
1000 sq ft
All fertilizers should be applied as accurately as possible. Use a weight
scale or a measure cup to measure the fertilizer. It takes approximately 2.5
cups to measure a pound. The pumpkin man knew people would whine that he did
not discuss organic fertilizer instead. So...one day he saw house manure on
sale at one of the garden centers. Its analysis id 0.6% N 0.2%P  0.6%K. To
compare this fertilizer, he calculated the following..
3 pounds of N 3
 =  = 500 lbs of manure per 1000 sq ft.
0.6% / 100 .006
500 lbs / 1000 sq ft X 625 sq ft=312 pounds of manure for the garden..
Cost for this quantity of manure are man times greater than the chemical
equivalent. Moreover, the manure is much Smore difficult to apply and
incorporate.
