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Foliar Feeding

Foliar feeding is a simple process that nevertheless can give plants, including fruits and vegetables, an effective energy boost, as well as providing important micronutrients. Even significant nutrient deficiencies can be corrected in this manner. Organic options such as compost tea, diluted seaweed extract or fish emulsion are excellent foliar fertilizers.

Ideally in early morning or early evening, a fine mist of a diluted liquid fertilizer is sprayed onto the leaves of the plants to be fertilized; nutrients are absorbed by way of the many pores on both sides of the leaves. Do not fertilize too close to harvest time, or the feedings may impart off-flavours to the food; otherwise, foliar feeding can be done every few weeks with good effect. Foliar feeding is especially helpful in times of stress.

A final note: do NOT use sprayers that have been used to apply herbicides, as they may kill.

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