Whenever springtime comes around, it puts you in a mood for a fresh start. One’s nurturing nature kicks in and everyone is in a bright mood to start something new. This is when your hobbyist friends, more specifically the plant enthusiasts, start dropping by and showing off their beautiful arrangements of homegrown plants, sometimes even giving you a pot or two, encouraging you to grow your own. Your curiosity might have peaked and you might be wondering what exactly do you need? Well this list has got you covered. Here are some of the best fertilizers and other gardening essentials to get you gardening in no time.
1. FoxFarm Happy Frog All Purpose Fertilizer
Never let roots go dry! Check out the Happy Frog All-Purpose Fertilizer from FoxFarm. Made from a signature fertilizer formula, this ready to use fertilizer ensures robust vegetable growth as it includes nitrogen and active soil microbes for increased nutrient absorption. Product also improves water absorption in plant root systems so your plants never dry out. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “I’ve used this Fox Farm product for years in my organic gardens, always excellent results. All of Fox Farm products are high quality, I’ve trusted them for going on 8 years. I recommend this feed.” Jeffrey Totten
2. Jack’s Classic Blossom Booster Fertilizer 10-30-20
Let every flower bloom into beauty with the Jacks Classic Blossom Booster Fertilizer from JR Peters. Designed to help produce healthy and vibrant colored flowers for a gorgeous garden view, this fertilizer is good for both indoor and outdoor plants as its formula feeds through both roots and leaves, providing all necessary nutrients for your plants to blossom. Product can also be used as a transplant solution. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “Good, old-fashioned blue magic crystalline fertilizer. I use this stuff at 1/4 strength on my potted houseplants and get great results. I’ve used this for the last 5-6 years and am on probably my third tub of it.” Jonathan E. Brown
3. Grow More Cactus Juice 1-7-6
Keep succulents happy and be prickin’ awesome with this Cactus Juice from Grow More. This easy to use powder mixture serves as a soil drench and provides calcium and other nutrients to cacti and other succulents. Simply mix with water, spray on soil and see your cacti grow. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “I’ve used Cactus Juice for at least 3 years now. Since it’s a concentrate it lasts longer than anything else I’ve found and the results are super happy succulents, plus I can use it for every watering without burning the plants. Best part, you can’t beat the price!” Havilah Sherrill
4. Dyna-Gro Liquid Grow Plant Food 7-9-5
Looking for a quick fix for your plant problems? Worry not and take a look at this Liquid Grow Plant Food from Dyna-Gro. Product features a versatile complete nutrition formula containing all 6 essential macronutrients and all 10 essential micronutrients that every plant needs. Formula is also applicable to container grown plants and any kind of soil including poor rocky soils. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “We’ve been using this as an all purpose fertilizer for our monsteras, tradescantias, and begonias. all our plants are super happy!” Selena
5. Joyful Dirt Premium Concentrated All Purpose Organic Based Plant Food and Fertilizer
Get your green thumb on with this Premium Concentrated Plant Food and Fertilizer from Joyful Dirt. Made from Mycorrhizae and organic based materials, this all purpose fertilizer helps plants grow quicker, with less water. Product is also formulated for reviving dying plants and increasing leaves and branches for transplant. Comes in an easy shake container. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “Joyful Dirt is easy to use. We started using it two years ago and our Pacific Northwest plants and tropical indoor ones are healthy. With the help of indoor plant lighting and Joyful Dirt, our orchids that bloom in winter have all happily flowered and our prayer plants have grown successfully, many with new shoots.” TM828
Other Gardening Essentials for Spring
1. Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Sustain a Thriving Garden by Tammy Wylie
Learn the first steps in building your dream garden with this book by Tammy Wylie. “Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Sustain a Thriving Garden” provides information, tips and the how to’s in building a space saving garden bed, as well as how to choose and care for plants, vegetables, herbs, seed planting and many more. Available in a Kindle edition. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “This book covers so much about basic vegetable gardening for beginners. I found it very informative and useful. Highly recommend.” Dawn Manter
2. Mighty Mint Insect and Pest Control Peppermint Oil Natural Spray for Spiders, Ants, and More
Keep pesky pests away with this Insect and Pest Control Natural Spray from Might Mint. Made from peppermint oil and 100% other plant based ingredients such as such as soybeans, palms, and vegetable oil, with an extra concentrated formula for long lasting protection, this insect control spray is sure to keep spiders, ants and other flying insects away from your plants without leaving damaging chemicals and toxic scents in your home making it ideal for everyday use. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “I was having a problem with ants. I ordered this product and it works . I sprayed the path the ants were using and the next day no ants. I sprayed it on the baseboards around the house to keep insects out. I will buy it again.” Artie Melancon
3. Garden Hand Tools Set of 3, Heavy Duty Cast Aluminum Garden Tools with Ergonomic Handles
Get started with the basic tools. Check out this Garden Hand Tools Set from Sunny Patio & Garden. Made of high quality TPR soft rubber and polished cast aluminum, this gardening set provides beginners the needed tools for laying out garden space and getting the plants growing. Set includes a high grade hand shovel, transplant trowel with two unit measurements for specific and accurate soil depth and a cultivator hand rake.Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “These tools are an excellent value for your money they are indeed sturdy, helpful and just the right size for the job!” Sue
4. The Gardener’s Friend Pruners, Ratchet Pruning Shears
Make trimming less time consuming with this Ratchet Pruning Shears from The Gardener’s Friend. Developed by professional gardeners and made from rubber and a sharp metal blade, this product features an effective ratchet mechanism that lets you cut through delicate plant areas and remove the thicker twigs and bigger branches with ease, making it ideal for your daily pruning needs. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “This is my second pair of clippers. The first pair lasted almost a decade. I finally broke down and bought the same product again. They are very strong and can cut through almost any ‘reasonable’ size branch. Easy to use and quite comfortable.” Don Perez PMP
5. AMES Rolling Lawn & Garden Storage Cart
Keep your garden essentials in good shape by storing them in this Rolling Lawn & Garden Storage Cart from AMES. Made from plastic, metal and alloy steel, this storage cart can carry, transport and keep your garden essentials secure from any weather conditions. Product features a multipurpose design with a spacious interior, four wheels with solid steel axles, a tight handle and an automatic snap close lid. Shop on Amazon.
Promising review: “This makes weeding and gardening so easy. Nice tool storage and a convenient carrying handle. These aren’t easy to find!” LJ
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