Vegetables need nutrients to grow. Consider using Bonide Garden Rich Flower & Vegetable Food 5-10-5 or Garden Rich All Purpose Lawn & Garden 10-10-10, which are granular fertilizers. Bonide also makes liquid fertilizers that can be applied to vegetables such as Plant Starter Solution 3-10-3, Root & Grow 4-10-3, Garden Rich Fish Fertilizer 2-4-0 and Liquid Plant Food 10-10-10.

All fertilizers have three different numbers on the label. What do these three numbers mean? The three numbers represent the N-P-K. The first number stands for the percent of nitrogen (N), promotes green growth. The second number is the percent of phosphorus (P), promotes root growth and fruit development. The third number is the percent of potassium (K), promotes disease resistance and root development. The chart below has fertilizing recommendations.


Plant Type



Gardening Tips & Timing


  • Root & Grow - Root Stimulator 4-10-3

Fertilize and mulch each transplant as you plant.

Always break up the root ball when transplanting.


Light Feeders

  • Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer 2-4-0
  • Plant Starter 3-10-3

Moderate feeders

  • Flower & Vegetable 5-10-5
  • Triple Super Phosphate
  • Liquid Plant Food 10-10-10

Heavy Feeders

  • All-Purpose 10-10-10
  • Flower & Vegetable 5-10-5
  • Liquid Plant Food 10-10-10

Light Feeders
Once at planting


Moderate Feeders
At planting and mid- season.


Heavy Feeders
Every month

Light Feeders include; Bush Beans, Mustard Greens, Peas, Southern peas, Turnips.


Moderate Feeders include; Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash.


Heavy Feeders include; Cabbage, Lettuce, Onions, and Tomatoes.

Do not apply All Seasons within 3 weeks of a sulfur application, or when temperature is over 90°. Follow label. Do not spray insecticides during full bloom.