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July 18th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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A question I've wondered about myself:

Gardening Question of the Week If I’m Using Compost, Do I Still Need a Fertilizer?

This question doesn't really seem to be answered by this article but reading it made me think.

I can tell you that every year we supplement our garden beds with compost. We have our own pile at my house. This is the first year we have not used actual fertilizer and this is the first year our pepper plants have not been growing. I can't tell if its realted because we've had cooler than normal weather until this crazy heat wave this week. Everything else seems to be doing fine.

What are everyones expereinces with this?
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July 19th, 2010, 08:46 PM
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That could be. I didn't use fertilizer either because I used compost, but my peppers are craptastic too. maybe compost does not equal fertilizer.

I did a little more digging around and found this.

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Compost is not particularly high in essential nutrients, (N-P-K), and is considered a soil conditioner rather than a fertilizer.
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July 20th, 2010, 08:12 AM
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Hmmm....i really want some stuffed peppers, guess i should look for a fertilizer then.
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July 24th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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I always considered compost as nutrient replacing to soil to keep it healthy, but not necessarily a fertilizer. Thanks for clarifying that!
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