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The fertilizer label will show three numbers indicating the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

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Deb Babcock: Fertilizing your garden plants

You might not need as much fertilizer as you think

Should we fertilize our garden plants, and if so, when and how? If your soil has been well-tended by the addition of compost and mulches, there may be no need for supplemental fertilizer. A soil test is the best way to determine the fertility of your garden soil.

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