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Proper Use of Fertilizers in Vegetable Gardening

The nutrients in fertilizers and manures that give us the lush, quick growth we want in our vegetable gardens may also contribute to pollution problems. If we apply nutrients at the wrong time or incorrectly, they can move through the soil by leaching, erode with surface soil, or wash into storm drains in heavy rains, polluting our groundwater, streams, lakes, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.

Fertilizers are derived from either chemical or organic sources and may be purchased in many different formulations ...

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Provided courtesy of the Virginia Cooperative Extension at www.ext.vt.edu.